Large-scale lockdowns and other non-pharmaceutical interventions in Europe have been successful in reducing the transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2.
This is the conclusion of a modelling study from Imperial College London scientists, published online in Nature Monday, which suggests lockdown measures have been sufficient to control the growth of the epidemic.
The team, from the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Jameel Institute (J-IDEA), and Imperial’s Department of Mathematics, estimated reductions in transmission based on combined data from 11 European countries up to early May 2020. They caution that the results offer a general view of the current situation that may not fully account for differences in approaches.
From 2–29 March 2020, European countries began implementing major non-pharmaceutical methods (such as school closures and national lockdowns) to control the COVID-19 epidemic.
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