The Effectiveness of Targeted Quarantine for Minimising Impact of COVID-19 [article]

Alastair D Jamieson-Lane, Eric Cytrnbaum
2020 medRxiv   pre-print
We model the extent to which age targeted quarantine can be used to reduce ICU admissions caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19. Using de- mographic data from New Zealand, we demonstrate that lowering the age threshold for quarantine to 50 years of age reduces ICU admissions dras- tically, and show that for sufficiently strict isolation protocols, isolating one third of the countries population for a total of 6 months is sufficient to avoid overwhelming ICU capacity throughout the entire course
more » ... the entire course of the epidemic. Similar results are expected to hold for other countries, though some minor adaption will be required based on local age demographics and hospital facilities.
doi:10.1101/2020.04.01.20049692 fatcat:vhquufl3erejzhfsevu3rs7xsm