Journal article

Assessing the risk of spread of COVID-19 to the Asia Pacific region

Freya Shearer, James Walker, Nefel Tellioglu, James McCaw, Jodie McVernon, Andrew Black, Nic Geard

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2020


During the early stages of an emerging disease outbreak, governments are required to make critical decisions on how to respond appropriately, despite limited data being available to inform these decisions. Analytical risk assessment is a valuable approach to guide decision-making on travel restrictions and border measures during the early phase of an outbreak, when transmission is primarily contained within a source country. Here we introduce a modular framework for estimating the importation risk of an emerging disease when the direct travel route is restricted and the risk stems from indirect importation via intermediary countries. This was the situation for Australia in February 2020. The..

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