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Correlation of COVID-19 Pandemic with Healthcare System Response and Prevention Measures in Saudi Arabia

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Community Medicine and Pilgrims Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca 24381, Saudi Arabia
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Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca 24381, Saudi Arabia
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Oncology Diagnostic Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Abbassia, Cairo 11566, Egypt
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6666; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186666
Received: 6 August 2020 / Revised: 9 September 2020 / Accepted: 10 September 2020 / Published: 13 September 2020
Background: The Saudi government has taken the decision to prevent the entrance of about 2.5 million international pilgrims seeking to perform hajj in order to protect the world from a catastrophic widespread of disease. Moreover, health systems in Saudi Arabia are offering free testing for residents whether Saudi and non-Saudi. Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the spread of COVID-19 associated with preventive measures taken in Saudi Arabia and to develop a detailed COVID-19 prevention strategy as a framework for the Saudi Arabia community. Methodology: Population size and age distributions among the country of Saudi Arabia were taken from the 2020 World Population Prospects. Contact patterns were measured using the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Statistical Annual Report. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that performing screening tests as early as possible to facilitate the rapid detection of infected cases, fast treatment, and instant isolation for suspected cases is the most definitive rejoinder for public health. Moreover, our study revealed the significance of performing preventive measures in reducing infection and death rates around Saudi Arabia by 27%, while in other countries, it reduced the death rate ranging from 10–73%. This study provides an achievable strategy for prevention and early detection of COVID-19 spread. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; prevention; healthcare; Saudi Arabia; organizational measures; environmental measures; infection; coronavirus; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; protection; protocol; transmission COVID-19; pandemic; prevention; healthcare; Saudi Arabia; organizational measures; environmental measures; infection; coronavirus; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; protection; protocol; transmission
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Adly, H.M.; AlJahdali, I.A.; Garout, M.A.; Khafagy, A.A.; Saati, A.A.; Saleh, S.A.K. Correlation of COVID-19 Pandemic with Healthcare System Response and Prevention Measures in Saudi Arabia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6666. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186666

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Adly HM, AlJahdali IA, Garout MA, Khafagy AA, Saati AA, Saleh SAK. Correlation of COVID-19 Pandemic with Healthcare System Response and Prevention Measures in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6666. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186666

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Adly, Heba M., Imad A. AlJahdali, Mohammed A. Garout, Abdullah A. Khafagy, Abdulla A. Saati, and Saleh A.K. Saleh. 2020. "Correlation of COVID-19 Pandemic with Healthcare System Response and Prevention Measures in Saudi Arabia" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 18: 6666. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186666

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