COVID-19: UBC researchers propose potential roadmap to ease restrictions, fight pandemic

April 2, 2020

Population health experts warn there is every likelihood that if measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus are successful, but then removed, the virus will rebound.

To prevent that rebound, 2018 Wall Scholar Guy Dumont (UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering; BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute) and his research partners, Greg Stewart (UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Klaske van Heusden (BC Children’s Hospital), have suggested suppression measures such as social distancing and closing schools could be intermittently lifted and put back in place.

In a discussion paper the researchers are circulating publicly, they explain an approach that would stop the virus from rebounding too much while at the same time providing some relief from the extraordinary measures to stop it.