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Contact Tracing during Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, South Korea, 2020

OPEN Emerging infectious diseases | 17 Jul 2020

YJ Park, YJ Choe, O Park, SY Park, YM Kim, J Kim, S Kweon, Y Woo, J Gwack, SS Kim, J Lee, J Hyun, B Ryu, YS Jang, H Kim, SH Shin, S Yi, S Lee, HK Kim, H Lee, Y Jin, E Park, SW Choi, M Kim, J Song, SW Choi, D Kim, BH Jeon, H Yoo and EK Jeong
Abstract
We analyzed reports for 59,073 contacts of 5,706 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) index patients reported in South Korea during January 20-March 27, 2020. Of 10,592 household contacts, 11.8% had COVID-19. Of 48,481 nonhousehold contacts, 1.9% had COVID-19. Use of personal protective measures and social distancing reduces the likelihood of transmission.
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