- The effectiveness of school closure remains unknown to mitigate the epidemic of COVID-19.
- Time series analyses were conducted using the Bayesian method to evaluate the effectiveness of school closure in Japan.
- The intervention of school closure did not appear to decrease the incidence of coronavirus infection.
Background: The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a global public health emergency resulting in lockdowns, associated diet and lifestyle changes and constraint public health delivery.
Objective: To investigate the impacts of the COVID-19 induced lockdown in Zimbabwe on nutrition, physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking among Zimbabwean population aged ≥18years.
OBJECTIVE: This paper provides a formal evaluation of the predictive performance of a model (and updates) developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) for predicting daily deaths attributed to COVID-19 for the United States.
STUDY DESIGN: To assess the accuracy of the IHME models, we examine both forecast accuracy, as well as the predictive performance of the 95% prediction intervals (PI).