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Time Course of COVID-19 Cases in Austria

Department of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Karakalpak Medical University, Department of Hygiene, Nukus 230100, Uzbekistan
International Society of Doctors for the Environment Austria, 1020 Vienna, Austria
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3270;
Received: 15 April 2020 / Revised: 5 May 2020 / Accepted: 6 May 2020 / Published: 7 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Microbiology)
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus, which first appeared in China in late 2019, and reached pandemic distribution in early 2020. The first major outbreak in Europe occurred in Northern Italy where it spread to neighboring countries, notably to Austria, where skiing resorts served as a main transmission hub. Soon, the Austrian government introduced strict measures to curb the spread of the virus. Using publicly available data, we assessed the efficiency of the governmental measures. We assumed an average incubation period of one week and an average duration of infectivity of 10 days. One week after the introduction of strict measures, the increase in daily new cases was reversed, and the reproduction number dropped. The crude estimates tended to overestimate the reproduction rate in the early phase. Publicly available data provide a first estimate about the effectiveness of public health measures. However, more data are needed for an unbiased assessment. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; coronavirus; containment; public health COVID-19; coronavirus; containment; public health
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Moshammer, H.; Poteser, M.; Lemmerer, K.; Wallner, P.; Hutter, H.-P. Time Course of COVID-19 Cases in Austria. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3270.

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Moshammer H, Poteser M, Lemmerer K, Wallner P, Hutter H-P. Time Course of COVID-19 Cases in Austria. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3270.

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Moshammer, Hanns; Poteser, Michael; Lemmerer, Kathrin; Wallner, Peter; Hutter, Hans-Peter. 2020. "Time Course of COVID-19 Cases in Austria" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 9: 3270.

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