Loosening Restrictions

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 9:00am

Activity: As the nation begins the process of loosening restrictions on movement and activity, analysis and measures to assure that new spikes in infections and death do not occur are being considered.

  1. Contact Tracing: A process called “contact tracing” is considered critical to a successful loosening of restrictions. This process involves identifying and calling people who have been in close contact with confirmed COCID-19 patients. This April 17, 2020 Axios Login article entitled “Bluetooth-based contact tracing finds broad support” provides important information on the process.

  2. Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs): Robert Barro, Camden resident, Harvard University economics professor and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, recently published a working paper for the Institute. The working paper focused on the impact of NPIs for U.S. cities during the second wave of the Great Influenza Pandemic, September 1918 - February 1919.

    NPI’s are actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like pandemic influenza (flu). Home sheltering is an example of an NPI.

    In the paper’s concluding paragraph, Barro states “ The lesson for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in 2020 is that, to curtail overall deaths, the NPIs used have to be maintained for substantially longer than a few weeks.”

Richard Anderson

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