A proposed two-stage quarantine containment scheme against spreading of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1209
Journal / PublicationIndoor and Built Environment
Issue number5
Online published25 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022



Novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is spreading rapidly all over the world with over 23 million infected near the end of August 2020. There are also asymptomatic patients (APs) who are difficult to identify, but they are infectious and believed to be one of the transmission sources. No specific medicine, no vaccine and even no reliable quick identification tests on SARS-CoV-2 are available yet. Workable safety management must be implemented to stop such global pandemic resulting from disease transmission, including those infected through APs. A two-stage containment scheme is proposed with quarantining people into units within blocks. The units inside a block is to be open after being closed for quarantine for an agreed period such as 14 days. The blocks would then be sealed for another period before opening. Argument of the proposal was supported by a simple mathematical approach with parameters deduced from observations on a cruise ship to estimate the infection constant. The proposed containment scheme is believed to be effective in controlling the spreading of SARS-CoV-2 and identifying APs by a more targeted screening test for the suspected group with a more acceptable environment at the second stage of containment. © The Author(s) 2020.

Research Area(s)

  • Asymptomatic patients, Containment scheme, Coronavirus, Mathematical modelling, Quarantine, Safety management

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