Indian Journal of Public Health

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: 2020  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 139--141

Significance of super spreader events in COVID-19


Sanjiv Kumar1, Shreya Jha2, Sanjay Kumar Rai3 
1 Chair, Indian Public Health Academy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Consultant, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Shreya Jha
Room No. 26, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India

The number of secondary cases from each primary case determines how fast an epidemic grows. It is known that all cases do not spread the infection equally; super spreaders play an important role as they contribute disproportionately to a much larger number of cases including in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Super spreaders have been reported for more than a century, but limited information is available in scientific literature. An epidemic containment strategy needs to include early identification of super spreaders to limit an explosive growth. Super spreaders tend to get stigmatized, resulting in late reporting and hiding of cases. It is important for program managers to be sensitive to the manner in which related information is shared with media and general public.


How to cite this article:
Kumar S, Jha S, Rai SK. Significance of super spreader events in COVID-19.Indian J Public Health 2020;64:139-141


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Kumar S, Jha S, Rai SK. Significance of super spreader events in COVID-19. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 May 11 ];64:139-141
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