Large, Delayed Outbreaks of Endemic Diseases Possible Following COVID-19 Controls

Nov. 11, 2020

Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask wearing and social distancing are a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These actions also have greatly reduced incidence of many other diseases, including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Current reductions in these common respiratory infections, however, may merely postpone the incidence of future outbreaks, according to a study by Princeton University researchers published Nov. 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rachel Baker, a postdoc at HMEI, led the study with CIMES support, and CIMES Director Gabriel Vecchi, an AOS faculty member, is among the study's co-authors.

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