Non-pharmaceutical interventions in the Western Pacific Region
Although most countries in Western Pacific Region shared similar trajectories of COVID-19, their implementations of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) differed by transmission stages. In this study, the impact of NPIs in seven jurisdictions of the Western Pacific Region (Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) was compared. Generally, NPIs were able to control the transmissibility of the disease. However, border control measures alone can rarely curtail the risk of outbreaks in the community. Social distancing measures should also be deployed together to reduce the transmission rate. (One Health. 2021 Jan 5;12:100213. doi: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2021.100213. eCollection 2021 Jun.)
Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof. EK YEOH in The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK. Prof. Yeoh is the director of Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research. His research focuses on health system.