Changes in population movement make COVID-19 spread differently from SARS

Journal article

This commentary discusses the contribution of population movement to the spread of COVID-19, with a reference to the spread of SARS 17 years ago.

We argue that the changing geography of migration, the diversification of jobs taken by migrants, the rapid growth of tourism and business trips, and the longer distance taken by people for family reunion are what make the spread of COVID-19 so differently from that of SARS. These changes in population movement are expected to continue. Hence, new strategies in disease prevention and control should be taken accordingly, which are also proposed in the comment.

Qiujie Shi
Guangzhong Cao
Tao Liu
Danny Dorling
Volume 255, June 2020
Migration and Cities