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Evidence-Based Framework and Implementation of China’s Strategy in Combating COVID-19

Authors
  • Zhao, Dahai1, 2
  • Lin, Haijiang3
  • Zhang, Zhiruo4
  • 1 School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
  • 2 Shanghai Jiao Tong University-Yale University Joint Center for Health Policy, Shanghai
  • 3 Taizhou City Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Taizhou, Zhejiang Province
  • 4 School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
Type
Published Article
Journal
Risk Management and Healthcare Policy
Publisher
Dove
Publication Date
Oct 07, 2020
Volume
13
Pages
1989–1998
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2147/RMHP.S269573
PMID: 33116979
PMCID: PMC7549023
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Introduction In less than two months, the COVID-19 outbreak in China was controlled through the stringent strategies of screening and isolation. This article aims to use empirical data from all cases from a prefecture-level city of China to introduce and examine the feasibility and efficiency of the screening and isolation strategies and how these were essential in combatting the COVID-19 outbreak. Methods For this retrospective study, all confirmed COVID-19 patients were recruited from the Taizhou prefecture-level city of Zhejiang province, China. Results Of the city’s total population, 24% were screened for COVID-19 and isolated at home or designated locations for two weeks. From these, a total of 146 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were analysed. Of all cases, 51% were traced from Wuhan, and 21% of patients were in close contact with confirmed cases from outside of the city. Initially, 13% of all patients reported having no clear symptoms, while 42% of patients presented with fever and/or other symptoms. Compared with local patients, new arrivals to the city had fewer days between their exposure and the development of symptoms of COVID-19 ( P <0.001), and fewer days from the time they developed symptoms to the confirmation of COVID-19 ( P <0.001), respectively. Conclusion This study has fully confirmed that controlling the COVID-19 outbreak through screening and isolation is effective, efficient, and essential. The evidence-based framework and implementation of China’s strategy to combat COVID-19 can explain how China contained the COVID-19 outbreak in a short time period. This study offers important references and implications for containing the COVID-19 pandemic in the global community.

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