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COVID-19 and Importance of Social Distancing

Version 1 : Received: 3 April 2020 / Approved: 7 April 2020 / Online: 7 April 2020 (02:48:13 CEST)

How to cite: Aslam, F. COVID-19 and Importance of Social Distancing. Preprints 2020, 2020040078 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0078.v1). Aslam, F. COVID-19 and Importance of Social Distancing. Preprints 2020, 2020040078 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0078.v1).

Abstract

The current outbreak of the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19 was declared as a public health emergency by the WHO where over a million people have been affected by the disease with over 50000 deaths till date. Social distancing is a method to minimize crowd interactions and prevent the spread of disease within groups of people. This is a common practice which has been carried out over generations to minimize the spread of virus by limiting its reproduction rate (R0) among communities. The article focuses on how social distancing has been used to deal previous pandemics globally and the issues that needs to be addressed to tackle the COVID-19 threat.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; R0; WHO; social distancing; H1N1; H2N2; influenza

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