Isolation, quarantine, social distancing and community containment: pivotal role for old-style public health measures in the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak

Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 27, Issue 2, March 2020
https://academic.oup.com/jtm/issue/27/2

 

Perspectives
Isolation, quarantine, social distancing and community containment: pivotal role for old-style public health measures in the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
A Wilder-Smith, MD, D O Freedman, MD
J Travel Med, Volume 27, Issue 2, March 2020, taaa020, https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taaa020
Public health measures were decisive in controlling the SARS epidemic in 2003. Isolation is the separation of ill persons from non-infected persons. Quarantine is movement restriction, often with fever surveillance, of contacts when it is not evident whether they have been infected but are not yet symptomatic or have not been infected. Community containment includes measures that range from increasing social distancing to community-wide quarantine. Whether these measures will be sufficient to control 2019-nCoV depends on addressing some unanswered questions.