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.

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The team, from the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease AnalysisJameel 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.

Read more at Imperial College London

Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe

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