How Mass Quarantine Impacts Public Health


Martin Kulldorff, PhD, takes a total social health perspective on the global use of mass quarantines as a primary COVID-19 control strategy.

Dr. Martin Kulldorff is a biostatistician in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital + Harvard Medical School.

He has long been working in infectious disease outbreaks, detection of new disease outbreaks, and developing novel epidemiological methods.

He has developed new sequential statistical methods for near real-time post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance, where the purpose is to use weekly, monthly or other frequent data feeds to find potential safety problems as soon as possible. As a biostatistician, Dr. Kulldorff also does collaborative and consulting work with epidemiologists and clinicians, using a wide variety of study designs and methods for many different types of diseases.

Dr. Kulldorff received his bachelor’s degree in mathematical statistics from Umeå University in Sweden, and his doctorate in operations research from Cornell University.

[Bio courtesy of Harvard Medical School]

Raj Bhopal, CBE DSc, BSc MD, MPH, MBChB, FRCP, FFPHM, is professor emeritus of public health at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

He held the chair of Public Health in the university until his retirement in 2018.

Bhopal’s recent article, COVID-19 zugzwang: Potential public health moves towards population immunity, was published in Public Health in Practice.

Bhopal is also the author of Concepts of Epidemiology: Integrating the Ideas, Theories, Principles, and Methods of Epidemiology.

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