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February 24, 2021

Can Europe implement a zero-Covid strategy?

By Paul Dennis

24 February

Guntram Wolff, an economist, re-tweeted an article on a zero-Covid strategy and whether it could be implemented in Europe.

According to some public health experts and economists, reducing Covid infections could be the only way out of the crisis.

While some health officials earlier opined that it was time to live with the virus when European countries started reopening their economies in the summer of 2020, others believe that the end of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic was a missed opportunity in Europe.

Now, many academics and experts are voicing their opinions for stricter restrictions to bring down Covid-19 transmission rates, instead of relying on vaccines to curb the spread.

A zero-Covid strategy is being suggested, which will use zoning and implementing travel restrictions in Covid hotspots to fight the pandemic.

The strategy focuses on driving down infection rates to manageable levels in the community.

Researchers claim that it has more to do with suppressing Covid cases to feasible levels, where it can be managed with the help of test, trace, and isolate support systems.

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