Cordon Sanitaire

A containment measure that can be used to stop the spread of a virus. It involves placing checkpoints outside an area where an infection has been registered, and nobody is allowed in or out

This public health term comes from a French word meaning a “health cordon.” Cordons sanitaires were used notably in Wuhan, China, and Italy when COVID-19 began spreading globally. While these measures were criticized for being heavy-handed, they did significantly slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.



Epidemiology Infectious Disease Prevention Transmission


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