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A strategic framework to ease community-wide Covid-19 suppression measures.

Coghlan B, Majumdar SS, Pedrana A, Hellard ME, Crabb BS

Abstract

To date, physical distancing and societal closure has proven highly effective at reducing community transmission and deaths due to Covid-19. However, staying in ‘lockdown’ indefinitely is problematic due to the wider health, social and economic damage arising from the control measures . The challenge now is how to ease restrictions in the absence of a ‘silver bullet’ therapy or vaccine. We outline a strategy for a phased progression from ‘suppress’ to ‘release’ and ‘restore’ stages that focuses on optimising the application of our existing tools and strategies coupled with improved pathways for community engagement and multi-sectoral cooperation.

This is a preprint version of an article submitted for publication in the Medical Journal of Australia. Changes may be made before final publication.

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