Segmentation and shielding of the most vulnerable members of the population as elements of an exit strategy from COVID-19 lockdown

@article{vanBunnik2020SegmentationAS,
  title={Segmentation and shielding of the most vulnerable members of the population as elements of an exit strategy from COVID-19 lockdown},
  author={Bram A. D. van Bunnik and Alex L. K. Morgan and Paul R. Bessell and Giles Calder-Gerver and Feifei Zhang and Samuel Haynes and Jordan Ashworth and Shengyuan Zhao and Nicola Rose Cave and Meghan Rose Perry and Hannah C. Lepper and Lu Lu and Paul Kellam and Aziz Sheikh and Graham F. Medley and Mark E. J. Woolhouse},
  journal={medRxiv},
  year={2020}
}
In this study we demonstrate that the adoption of a segmenting and shielding (S&S) strategy could increase scope to partially exit COVID-19 lockdown while limiting the risk of an overwhelming second wave of infection. The S&S strategy has an antecedent in the "cocooning" of infants by immunisation of close family members (Forsyth et al., 2015), and forms a pillar of infection, prevention and control (IPC) strategies (RCN, 2017). We are unaware of it being proposed as a major public health… Expand

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