Public Health Measures and the Control of COVID-19 in China

Zhangkai Jason Cheng, Zhiqing Zhan, Mingshan Xue, Peiyan Zheng, Jiali Lyu, Jing Ma, Xiaohua Douglas Zhang, Wenting Luo, Huimin Huang, Yong Zhang, Hongman Wang, Nanshan Zhong, Baoqing Sun

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In December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spread throughout China and beyond, posing enormous global challenges. With prompt, vigorous, and coordinated control measures, mainland China contained the spread of the epidemic within two months and halted the epidemic in three months. Aggressive containment strategy, hierarchical management, rational reallocation of resources, efficient contact tracing, and voluntary cooperation of Chinese citizens contributed to the rapid and efficient control of the epidemic, thus promoting the rapid recovery of the Chinese economy. This review summarizes China’s prevention and control strategies and other public health measures, which may provide a reference for the epidemic control in other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health Open Project (Funds provided by China Evergrande Group) (Project No.: 2020GIRHHMS04), and the Zhongnanshan Medical Foundation of Guangdong Province (Project No.: ZNSA-2021005 and Project No.: ZNSA-2020001), and the State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Joint Laboratory of Respiratory Infectious Disease.

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© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • China
  • Infection control and management
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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