Early analysis of the Australian COVID-19 epidemic
David J Price, Freya M Shearer, Michael T Meehan, Emma McBryde, Robert Moss, Nick Golding, Eamon J Conway, Peter Dawson, Deborah Cromer, James Wood, Sam Abbott, Jodie McVernon, James M McCaw
eLife | ELIFE SCIENCES PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020
As of 1 May 2020, there had been 6808 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. Of these, 98 had died from the disease. The epidemic had been in decline since mid-March, with 308 cases confirmed nationally since 14 April. This suggests that the collective actions of the Australian public and government authorities in response to COVID-19 were sufficiently early and assiduous to avert a public health crisis - for now. Analysing factors that contribute to individual country experiences of COVID-19, such as the intensity and timing of public health interventions, will assist in the next stage of response planning globally. We describe how the epidemic and public health response unfolded in Aust..View full abstract
Department of Health, Australian Government James M McCawThe funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.