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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Infectious Disease | International Public Health | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | Tourism and Travel | Virus Diseases


The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has made national governments worldwide to mandate several generic infection control measures such as physical distancing, self-isolation, and closure of non-essential shops, restaurants schools, among others. Some models suggest physical distancing would have to persist for 3 months to mitigate the peak effects on health systems and could be required on an intermittent basis for 12 to 18 months (Flaxman et al., 2020).


COVID-19, travel restrictions, regulations, international, public health

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Petersen E, McCloskey B, Hui DS, Kock R, Ntoumi F, Memish ZA, Kapata N, Azhar EI, Pollack M, Madoff LC, Hamer DH, Nachega JB, Pshenichnaya N, Zumla A. COVID-19 travel restrictions and the International Health Regulations - Call for an open debate on easing of travel restrictions. Int J Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 17;94:88-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2020.04.029. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32305518; PMCID: PMC7162781. Link to article on publisher's site

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International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases

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