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Criticality of physical/social distancing, handwashing, respiratory hygiene, and face-masking during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
  • Farid Rahimi,
  • Amin Talebi Bezmin Abadi
Farid Rahimi
The Australian National University
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Amin Talebi Bezmin Abadi
Tarbiat Modares University
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Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

12 May 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
14 May 2020Assigned to Editor
14 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
18 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
08 Jul 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending

Abstract

Physical/social distancing, handwashing, respiratory hygiene, and face-masking have been recommended as realistic counterstrategies to control the COVID-19 pandemic. These strategies have been critical in the fight against the present pandemic in many countries. Here, we detail the background to such countermeasures, present some examples in different settings, and finally emphasize that they should remain in place worldwide as a cultural and behavioral “new normal” until a vaccine or a decisive treatment for COVID-19 is developed and made available globally.