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Effectiveness of workplace social distancing measures in reducing influenza transmission: a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, April 2018
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Title
Effectiveness of workplace social distancing measures in reducing influenza transmission: a systematic review
Published in
BMC Public Health, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5446-1
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Authors

Faruque Ahmed, Nicole Zviedrite, Amra Uzicanin

Abstract

Social distancing is one of the community mitigation measures that may be recommended during influenza pandemics. Social distancing can reduce virus transmission by increasing physical distance or reducing frequency of congregation in socially dense community settings, such as schools or workplaces. We conducted a systematic review to assess the evidence that social distancing in non-healthcare workplaces reduces or slows influenza transmission. Electronic searches were conducted using MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus, Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, CINAHL, NIOSHTIC-2, and EconLit to identify studies published in English from January 1, 2000, through May 3, 2017. Data extraction was done by two reviewers independently. A narrative synthesis was performed. Fifteen studies, representing 12 modeling and three epidemiological, met the eligibility criteria. The epidemiological studies showed that social distancing was associated with a reduction in influenza-like illness and seroconversion to 2009 influenza A (H1N1). However, the overall risk of bias in the epidemiological studies was serious. The modeling studies estimated that workplace social distancing measures alone produced a median reduction of 23% in the cumulative influenza attack rate in the general population. It also delayed and reduced the peak influenza attack rate. The reduction in the cumulative attack rate was more pronounced when workplace social distancing was combined with other nonpharmaceutical or pharmaceutical interventions. However, the effectiveness was estimated to decline with higher basic reproduction number values, delayed triggering of workplace social distancing, or lower compliance. Modeling studies support social distancing in non-healthcare workplaces, but there is a paucity of well-designed epidemiological studies. PROSPERO registration # CRD42017065310.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 376 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 58 15%
Researcher 56 15%
Student > Master 41 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 7%
Other 20 5%
Other 83 22%
Unknown 92 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 78 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 29 8%
Social Sciences 18 5%
Psychology 17 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 16 4%
Other 97 26%
Unknown 121 32%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 252. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 December 2020.
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