Can travel-related control measures contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic?

COVID-19 has spread quickly throughout the world, and Cochrane is preparing a series of rapid reviews of the evidence to help decision makers with their response. In this podcast, lead author, Jake Burns from the University of Munich in Germany describes the findings of our review of the effects of travel-related control measures, which was published in September 2020.
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Source: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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