Health Policy Manag.  2020 Dec;30(4):431-432. 10.4332/KJHPA.2020.30.4.431.

Evidence-Developing Disease Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019

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  • 1Editor-in-Chief, Health Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been going on for nearly a year. As of December 1, 2020, more than 60 million confirmed cases and 1.4 million deaths have occurred in 220 countries and territories. There is no effective treatment for COVID-19 so far, and vaccines are being developed. However, the vaccine of COVID-19 can be freed from COVID-19 only if there are positive answers to some questions: “Aren’t there any major side effects from the vaccine?”; “Is the vaccine effective for enough time?”; “Does the vaccine sufficiently reduce the mortality rate?”; and “Does the vaccine sufficiently reduce the reproduction number?” The fight against COVID-19 will continue for a long time. Therefore, we need to respond by developing the evidence for control of COVID-19, the emerging infectious disease. Extensive quarantine measures in the early stages of COVID-19 need to be elaborated through developing the evidence. Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency should establish a database for evidence developing COVID-19 control. In this database, based on more than 3 million tested individuals, epidemiological investigation results, health insurance claims data, and government data such as the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, etc. should be linked. It is necessary to disclose this database to academia, etc. to create the evidences of COVID-19 and manage COVID-19 through these. And through the developed evidences, guidelines for physical health and mental health in the era of Corona 19 should be developed.

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COVID-19; Evidence-developing; Emerging communicable disease; Disease control
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