Int J Biol Sci 2021; 17(6):1600-1612. doi:10.7150/ijbs.58906

Review

From impossible to possible: the lessons from the control of recent COVID-19 outbreaks in China

Lixin Tai1,3,*, Kengieng Wong1,3,*, Li Wang1,2, Li-jun Di1,3,✉

1. Cancer center, Faculty of health sciences, University of Macau
2. Metabolomics core, Faculty of health sciences, University of Macau
3. Institute of translational medicine, Faculty of health sciences, University of Macau
*Equal contribution

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Tai L, Wong K, Wang L, Di Lj. From impossible to possible: the lessons from the control of recent COVID-19 outbreaks in China. Int J Biol Sci 2021; 17(6):1600-1612. doi:10.7150/ijbs.58906. Available from https://www.ijbs.com/v17p1600.htm

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has catastrophically impacted the world. Before the success in vaccination, this virus shows no sign of stop spreading. Nearly all the countries have implemented stringent approaches to slow down the transmission of the virus, but the virus still caused over 2 million deaths and the number is increasing. Therefore, preventing the virus spreading is still necessary to protect most people, especially the ones with pre-conditions. Mainland China has successfully eradicated the COVID-19 virus infection in Wuhan in 2020. After that, several small-scale outbreaks occurred in many cities in China, but none of these COVID-19 virus infections caused the widespread. In this review, we would like to give a detailed presentation of the approaches that were implemented by the China government to suppress the virus spreading by considering the unique characteristics of this virus and the paths of the virus transmission. Both the pros and cons of these strategies will also be analyzed. The experiences and lessons learned during the virus-fighting in China, expectedly, will be a useful source of reference for other regions in overcoming the threat caused by the COVID-19 virus.