A lockdown coupled with extensive COVID-19 testing is the way to beat the virus, says Andrea Crisanti, a professor part of a pilot study that saw coronavirus banished from an Italian town.
Italy has been worst hit by the outbreak of the virus with more than 4,000 deaths so far and the public health system has been stretched beyond its limits with new cases.
Vo, a town of 3,000 near Venice, saw the virus practically eradicated in less than two weeks after having the first death from it in Italy. This was done by isolating clusters, quarantining everyone affected and tracing contacts, who were also put in isolation – whether or not they had symptoms.
Crisanti said, “The best thing that you can do is lock down the area: nobody enters, nobody leaves and you do as many tests on people as you can.” He advises authorities to “follow the virus,” which involves going to the homes of people with symptoms and tracing their friends so that you “progressively reduce the transmission.”