COVID-19 Updates: Environmental Settings is the Key to the Spread
(Left) Prof. Eng-kiong YEOH, Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research; Prof. Ngai Sze WONG, Research Assistant Professor; Professor Shui Shan LEE, Deputy Director of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases; and Prof. Samuel WONG, Director of The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care; Faculty of Medicine, CUHK
Our study shows that in addition to the infectiousness of the source, the physical setting where the infection was transmitted played a key role in the propagation of COVID-19 in society.
This study is first of its kind using network epidemiology to investigate the relationship between different physical settings, and the propensity for virus propagation. It shows that entertainment accounted for the highest number of primary setting transmissions.
The discovery is critical for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the community and was reported in the latest issue of The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific.