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The Impact of Social Distancing on the Transmission of Acute Respiratory Viruses during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2021 March, Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 27-29.

https://doi.org/10.5145/ACM.2021.24.1.4

The Impact of Social Distancing on the Transmission of Acute Respiratory Viruses during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kuenyoul Park, Heungsup Sung, Mi-Na Kim

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

To the Editor, Since the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on January 20, 2020, the Korean government reported a total of 8,799 COVID-19 patients until March 21, 2020, which were mainly attributed to community outbreaks [1]. This novel respiratory viral infection is so feared that the number of individuals using public transport has dropped dramatically. Moreover, enhanced social distancing measures, including refraining from going out and following personal hygiene practices such as hand washing and wearing a mask, were announced on March 21. These strategies successfully attenuated COVID-19 transmission in South Korea [2].