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Importance of controlling church outbreaks during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: an epidemiological study

대한공공의학회지 2020년 4권 1호 p.6 ~ 6
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Abstract


An epidemiological investigation was conducted of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak related to a church in Seoul. Basic epidemiological data were collected using a standardized form. Among 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to ‘Church X’, transmission of SARS-CoV-2 was identified among church staff members and their families, and churchmembers and theirfamilies and colleagues. Twomajorinter-related clusterswere identified thatincluded 12 staff members and 10 church members (including one staff member). It is important to implement rapid case finding and contact tracing to preventsnowballing outbreaksfrom the church to the community. In addition,social distancing could be a major measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within churches and the community.

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COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; outbreak; epidemiology; investigation; church

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