The Science of Social Distancing and Total Lock Down: Does it Work? Whom does it Benefit?

Electronic Journal of General Medicine 2020, 17(6), DOI: 10.29333/ejgm/7895

3 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2020

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Geofrey Musinguzi

Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

Bennedict Oppong Asamoah

Social Medicine and Global Health, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö, Lund University, SWEDEN

Date Written: April 9, 2020

Abstract

COVID-19 is spiralling like wild fire and has caused a global mayhem. Many lives have already been lost, and the global economy is at stake. In the absence of vaccine, social distancing and total lock down is the current mainstay in efforts to mitigate and flatten the epidemic curves. Several countries across the globe are currently implementing social distancing and total lock downs. However, what is social distancing and lock down? Does it work? Whom does it benefit? We expound on these questions and conclude that social distancing and lock down benefit the local and international community alike. Moreover, we hypothesis that evacuations may facilitate international spread of a highly contagious disease of pandemic potential.

Note: Funding: We never received any funding for this study.

Conflict of Interest: We declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval: No human subjects were involved in the study.

Keywords: social distancing, total lock down, COVID-19, SARS-COV 2

JEL Classification: I1

Suggested Citation

Musinguzi, Geofrey and Asamoah, Bennedict Oppong, The Science of Social Distancing and Total Lock Down: Does it Work? Whom does it Benefit? (April 9, 2020). Electronic Journal of General Medicine 2020, 17(6), DOI: 10.29333/ejgm/7895, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3571947

Geofrey Musinguzi (Contact Author)

Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda ( email )

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Bennedict Oppong Asamoah

Social Medicine and Global Health, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö, Lund University, SWEDEN ( email )

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Lund, SC Skane S221 00
Sweden

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