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The effect of COVID-19 stay-at-home order and campus closure on the prevalence of acute respiratory infection symptoms in college campus cohorts.
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  • Oluwasanmi Adenaiye,
  • Paul Jacob Bueno de Mesquita,
  • Qiong Wu,
  • Filbert Hong,
  • Jianyu Lai,
  • Shuo Chen,
  • Donald Milton
Oluwasanmi Adenaiye
University of Maryland at College Park
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Paul Jacob Bueno de Mesquita
University of Maryland at College Park
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Qiong Wu
University of Maryland at College Park
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Filbert Hong
University of Maryland at College Park
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Jianyu Lai
University of Maryland at College Park
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Shuo Chen
University of Maryland Baltimore
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Donald Milton
University of Maryland at College Park
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Abstract

Evaluation of population-based COVID-19 control measures informs strategies to quell the current pandemic and reduce the impact of those yet to come. Effective COVID-19 control measures may simultaneously reduce the incidence of other acute respiratory infections (ARIs) due to shared transmission modalities. To assess the impact of stay-at-home orders and other physical distancing measures on the prevalence of ARI-related symptoms, we compared symptoms reported by prospective college cohorts enrolled during two consecutive academic years. ARI-related symptoms declined following campus closure and implementation of stay-at-home orders, demonstrating the impact of population-based physical distancing measures on control of a broad range of respiratory infections.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

30 Oct 2020Submitted to Influenza and other respiratory viruses
02 Nov 2020Submission Checks Completed
02 Nov 2020Assigned to Editor
23 Nov 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Nov 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
08 Dec 20201st Revision Received
17 Dec 2020Submission Checks Completed
17 Dec 2020Assigned to Editor
19 Dec 2020Editorial Decision: Accept