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The Swiss Cheese Model of Pandemic Defense

Updated: Dec 7, 2020


Multiple layers of protection, imagined as cheese slices, block the spread of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. No one layer is perfect; each has holes, and when the holes align, the risk of infection increases. But several layers combined — social distancing, plus masks, plus hand-washing, plus testing and tracing, plus ventilation, plus government messaging — significantly reduce the overall risk. Vaccination will add one more protective layer.


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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/05/health/coronavirus-swiss-cheese-infection-mackay.html

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