To Suppress or to Mitigate COVID-19

To Suppress or to Mitigate COVID-19: That is the Question
Authors: Anam Khan, Allyson Goff, Akram Ahmad, Isha Patel

In India, public health experts have been debating the most effective way of combating COVID-19 (or SARS-COV-2 virus) while balancing the amount of lives lost and trying to preserve the economy. This virus is particularly challenging for India as the population is so large, and the healthcare system is still developing to meet the needs of its citizens. While social distancing has been and is being widely practiced worldwide to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19, it is apparent that more aggressive public health measures are needed to further decrease the numbers of infected people. There seems to be a debate about two viable approaches to control the spread
of COVID-19: suppression and mitigation. While uppression is essentially a drastic lockdown and sealing of COVID-19 hotspots, mitigation involves separating suspected cases, quarantining families with suspected cases and socially distancing those most vulnerable.