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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 222-226
Curbing COVID-19: Kerala model

Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, GDC, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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R Rajeev
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, GDC, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 011, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.JOMFP_285_20

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The success of Kerala's war against COVID-19 has three factors to thank: strong public health system, clear risk communication and community participation. The state's early preparedness, focused health-care interventions led by the public health system, effective lockdown measures assisted by law enforcement agencies, special economic package well in advance, timely assistance for migrant laborers, decentralized initiatives through the local self-governments especially in taking care of those under quarantine and inter-departmental coordination, and so on have served as pillars of the Kerala model against this pandemic. Home quarantining of suspect cases, contact tracing of positive cases, adequate testing and specialized treatment have all ensured that positive cases have been treated effectively and cured. Kerala has the lowest mortality rate as well as the highest recovery rate with respect to corona virus infections. The initial statistical projection of cases and deaths became redundant due to the organic method adopted by Kerala.

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