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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 318-321

Lockdowns for community containment of COVID-19: Present challenges in the absence of interim guidelines

1 Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, 11952, Saudi Arabia
2 Somnogen Canada Inc., College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada; National Plan for Science and Technology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 National Plan for Science and Technology; The University Sleep Disorders Center, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ahmed S Bahammam
University Sleep Disorders Centre, College of Medicine, King Saud University, 11324 Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JNSM.JNSM_68_20

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The implementation of lockdown as a method of community containment is complex and affects the several aspects of daily living. There is an urgent need for the development of guidelines for lockdowns as community containment methods to prevent pandemics. This opinion presents five broad areas of concern affecting community-containment strategies. This viewpoint may help in the development of an interim guide for the adequate implementation of community containment strategies. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which now influences nearly every country, emphasizes the urgency of adopting meaningful and doable-threat reduction strategies that will fulfill the need of the local populations.

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