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3 Ways Proven to Stop COVID, Says Study

These measures are effective in slowing the spread. 
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Over the last year health experts have been working alongside governmental officials to come up with reasonable yet tactical approaches to slowing the spread of COVID-19. From offering suggestions like diligent mask wearing and social distancing to issuing staunch restrictions like curfews and stay-at-home orders, the range of measures had been broad and many met with harsh criticism.

So which ones are actually working? According to a new analysis of COVID-19 data from around the world, there are three specific measures that have substantially cut viral transmission. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

These Three Measures "Have Been Effective," Study Shows

According to data from 41 countries, school and university closures, restricting gatherings to no more than 10 people, and closing face-to face businesses have been effective in slowing the spread. However, the addition of stay-at-home measures was "comparatively small."

"Business closures and gathering bans both seem to have been effective at reducing COVID-19 transmission," the researchers explained in the study published in Science. "Closing most nonessential face-to-face businesses was only somewhat more effective than targeted closures, which only affected businesses with high infection risk, such as bars, restaurants, and nightclubs." Therefore, they point out that targeted business closures of high risk type establishments "can be a promising policy option in some circumstances." 

Additionally, compared to limiting gatherings of up to 100 or 1000 people, limiting gatherings to 10 people or less was more effective and "had a more robust effect estimate." 

As for schools, they found "a large effect for closing schools and universities in conjunction." However, they note that their approach "cannot distinguish direct effects on transmission in schools and universities from indirect effects, such as the general population behaving more cautiously after school closures signaled the gravity of the pandemic." They also can't distinguish between the individual effects of university closures compared to other schools, and researchers note that their research did not involve the effect of closing preschools and nurseries.

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How to Survive This Pandemic

As for yourself, do your part to help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.