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Correspondence: Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, Emory Global Health Institute, 1599 Clifton Road NE, Suite 6.105, Atlanta, GA 30322; e-mail, jkoplan@emory.edu


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  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Medicine, General & Internal
  • General & Internal Medicine

Maxims for a Pandemic: Time, Distance, and Data


Journal Title:

Annals of Internal Medicine


Volume 174, Number 1


, Pages 111-+

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In their article, Alagoz and colleagues explored the effect of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–related public health mandates in 3 U.S. locations—Dane County, Wisconsin; the Milwaukee metropolitan area; and New York City—using agent-based simulation models (1). They modeled variations in adherence to social distancing mandates, time of intervention, and population density. Mask mandates are notably absent from the model because the authors focused on early periods of the pandemic before recommendations that the general population wear masks.

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