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Episodes Strict adherence to public health measures effective in combating COVID-19

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Strict adherence to public health measures effective in combating COVID-19
Aug. 19, 2020

Until a vaccine is developed, public health measures are the best defense against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These measures include masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing. "Strict adherence to those things is a very powerful antidote to this virus," says  Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland discusses the latest news on COVID-19, including what has been learned about herd immunity and contact tracing, as well as the effectiveness of different types of masks.