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Managing COVID-19 spread through contain and delay strategies

Two approaches that governments have taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic are “contain” and “delay.”

The contain strategy is a rigorous use of non-pharmaceutical measures to isolate all confirmed cases, suspected cases and close contacts with either confirmed or suspected cases to contain the transmission of the virus and avoid further spread.

The less aggressive delay strategy aims to slow down the transmission of viruses so that more medical capacity can be put in place before the outbreak, and hoping that vaccine or other medical treatment are developed during the delay period.

In this article, Milliman’s Guanjun Jiang and Qiuwen Peng discuss the differences between the two methods and the differences in local strategies.