Experts warn coronavirus lockdowns should stay until there is a vaccine

Experts warn coronavirus lockdowns should stay until there is a vaccine | @BISouthAfrica

2020-04-10 12:45:00 AM

Experts warn coronavirus lockdowns should stay until there is a vaccine | BISouthAfrica

According to a new study led by researchers at Hong Kong University, there is still a 'substantial risk' of a 'second wave' of infections.

since March 19."The first wave of Covid-19 outside of Hubei has abated because of aggressive non-pharmaceutical interventions," the study found.According to the research, China has been able to greatly reduce the virus' reproduction number - meaning, the number of people on average that one person can infect - from two or three to just under one.

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But the study warned there is still a"substantial risk" of new infections, particularly from travelers. It stressed that the virus spread needs to be closely monitored in order to prevent another outbreak, or"second wave" of the disease and achieve"an optimal balance between health and economic protection."

"Although control policies such as physical distancing and behavioural change are likely to be maintained for some time, proactively striking a balance between resuming economic activities and keeping the reproductive number below one is likely to be the best strategy until effective vaccines become widely available," said Joseph Wu, who leads the infectious disease modeling research at the Hong Kong University's School of Public Health and co-led the study.

The virus has infected over 1.5 million people worldwide and killed over 88,000. China, once the epicenter of the disease, has reported just over 82,000 cases and 3,337 deaths. Read more: News24 »

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