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COVID-19: Public Health management of the first two confirmed cases identified in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Petra Manley, Dr Christopher DuncanORCiD, Dr Matthias Schmid, Dr Kirsty Foster



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© 2020 Journal of Physical Chemistry. All rights reserved.We report key learning from the public health management of the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the UK. The first case imported, and the second associated with probable person-To-person transmission within the UK. Contact tracing was complex and fast-moving. Potential exposures for both cases were reviewed, and 52 contacts were identified. No further confirmed COVID-19 cases have been linked epidemiologically to these two cases. As steps are made to renew contact tracing across the UK, the lessons learned from earlier contact tracing during the country's containment phase are particularly important and timely.

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Author(s): Holden B, Quinney A, Padfield S, Morton W, Coles S, Manley P, Wensley A, Hutchinson C, Lillie PJ, Duncan CJA, Schmid ML, Li A, Foster K, Anaraki S, Dabrera G, Zambon M, Hughes GJ, Gent M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Epidemiology and Infection

Year: 2020

Volume: 148

Online publication date: 28/08/2020

Acceptance date: 25/08/2020

Date deposited: 09/12/2020

ISSN (print): 0950-2688

ISSN (electronic): 1469-4409

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0950268820001922

PubMed id: 32854791


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