Adoption of Preventive Measures During the Very Early Phase of the COVID-19 Outbreak in China: National Cross-Sectional Survey Study   [open pdf - 157KB]

From the Introduction: "The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020 and declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Globally, there were 177.9 million infections and 3.8 million deaths (June 22, 2021), respectively. In China, the outbreak coincided with the critical 7-day Chinese New Year holidays (January 25 to February 1), during which billions of trips were made across the country. On January 20, 2020, the government announced evidence of human-to-human transmission. Wuhan (the epicenter) was immediately locked down, and subsequently, other cities were also locked down. Comprehensive control measures were enacted (eg, testing, quarantining, contact tracing, cancelling public events, closing of public areas, extending Chinese New Year holidays, and mandatory face-mask wearing), and patients with COVID-19 were treated in more than 30 speedily built hospitals by medical specialists in different provinces across the country. Many countries soon used similar standard strategies to combat COVID-19."

2021 Joseph Lau, Yanqiu Yu, Meiqi Xin, Rui She, Sitong Luo, Lijuan Li, Suhua Wang, Le Ma, Fangbiao Tao, Jianxin Zhang, Junfeng Zhao, Dongsheng Hu, Liping Li, Guohua Zhang, Jing Gu, Danhua Lin, Hongmei Wang, Yong Cai, Zhaofen Wang, Hua You, Guoqing Hu, COVID-19 University Student Research Group. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/].
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JMIR Public Health Surveillance (October 07, 2021), v.7 issue 10
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