Vaccination distancing critical in long run News Today

  • | Tuesday | 23rd February, 2021

Chennai: A combination of robust vaccination programmes and strict physical distancing rules may be enough to prevent recurring peaks of Covid-19 without greatly restricting the mobility of people according to a modelling study. The study used anonymised mobile phone geolocation data with epidemiological and coronavirus case data from China to model the potential impact of vaccination and physical distancing on virus transmission. They predict that in most cities vaccination programmes and physical distancing combined will be enough to contain virus resurgence without the need to enforce stay-at-home restrictions. However the team suggests that cities with low populations and effective vaccination could fully interrupt transmission without the need for physical distancing. The results also suggest strong physical distancing interventions implemented for short periods of time may be more effective than mild longer term ones they said.

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