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Countries test tactics in ‘war’ against COVID-19

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Science  20 Mar 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6484, pp. 1287-1288
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6484.1287


After 2 months of mostly waiting and seeing, many countries have suddenly implemented strict measures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. They had little choice, given the rapid rise in the number of cases and deaths in Europe and the United States. "This is war," President Emmanuel Macron told the French people. But how to fight that war is still under discussion. The hastily introduced measures vary widely between countries and even within countries. That reflects different phases of the epidemic, as well as differences in resources, cultures, governments, and laws. And there's also confusion about what works best, and how to balance what is necessary with what is reasonable.

  • With reporting by Dennis Normile and Martin Enserink.

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