Assessing the effects of metropolitan-wide quarantine on the spread of COVID-19 in public space and households

Mingwang Shen, Zhihang Peng, Yuming Guo, Libin Rong, Yan Li, Yanni Xiao, Guihua Zhuang, Lei Zhang

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Hubei province in China has completed cycle of quarantine-resumption in 23rd Janauary and 8th April 2020, providing a unique opportunity as for now to assess its intervention impact and the pattern of SARS-COV-2 transmission during the quarantine period. In this study, we evaluate the impact of the metropolitan-wide quarantine on the trend and transmission route of the COVID-19 epidemic in Hubei, China. The intervention reduces more than 70% of new infections in both households and the public space, as well as the deaths caused by COVID-19 pneumonia. Household transmission is the dominant route of disease spread regardless of quarantine. This will provide important evidence and scientific insights to other worldwide countries that are currently under quarantine. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-505
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Households
  • Metropolitan-wide quarantine
  • Public space

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