Containment Strategies for COVID-19 Pandemic

20 Pages Posted: 22 May 2020 Last revised: 28 Jul 2020

Date Written: May 18, 2020


The exploratory study reported here investigated the manner in which different countries have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the largely unknown and dangerous virus SARS-CoV-2. Based on studying still limited and evolving evidence, a model of pandemic containment strategy was created. In an initial validation, the model was able to differentiate between three strategies of containing COVID-19 – Restrictive, Permissive, and Hybrid. The article frames a pandemic containment strategy as a mediator between pandemic causes and consequences, along with a capability of the health system and a government's response time. Cultural assumptions behind different strategies are also discussed. Implications for further research and for practice are outlined.

Note: Funding: My research reported in the paper is not funded.

Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest.

Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic containment strategy, pandemic decisions support systems, pandemic management, health informatics

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Travica, Bob, Containment Strategies for COVID-19 Pandemic (May 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Bob Travica (Contact Author)

University of Manitoba ( email )

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