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Open economy or tamp down coronavirus infections? It’s not either-or, researchers say

Orange County Register, Nov. 18, 2020

November 18, 2020

Open economy or tamp down coronavirus infections? It’s not either-or, researchers say

Two strategies that haven’t received much attention in the U.S. — “dividing” and “balancing,” used together and followed closely — could reduce coronavirus transmission about as much as a strict lockdown while maintaining economic activity, said [Akihiro] Nishi, an assistant professor of epidemiology at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, along with researchers from London, Hong Kong, Ireland, UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, in research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.