How do non-pharmaceutical interventions affect the spread of COVID-19? A literature review

Economic Memo - April 2021 - No. 4

Authors Poeschl, Johannes; Larsen, Rasmus Bisgaard
Subject Other economic analyses; Recent economic and monetary trends
Type Economic Memo
Year 2021
Published 8 April 2021
Abstract icon This memo reviews the academic literature on the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Only empirical studies are included. Interventions generally reduce COVID-19 spread but the literature is less conclusive for some interventions than others. Intervention timing and local characteristics are determinants of effectiveness.