Partial measures compromise effectiveness of efforts to combat COVID-19

A study at the Faculty of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba shows that comprehensive implementation of COVID-19 infection prevention measures boosts their effectiveness, while partial implementation compromises it. Using a computer model to simulate COVID-19 infection prevention measures in a virtual “town,” the study tracked the spread of the disease across 27 combinations of measures. Measures implemented alone or in partial combinations showed limited effectiveness, while comprehensive approaches suggested the greatest efficacy.