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Spotlight on Jails: COVID-19 Mitigation Policies Needed Now
Alysse G. Wurcel MD MS1, Emily Dauria PhD MPH 2,3, Nicholas Zaller PhD4, Ank
Nijhawan MD5, Curt Beckwith MD6, Kathryn Nowotny PhD7, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein PhD8
1 Tufts Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Geographic Medicine and
Infectious Diseases, Boston MA 02111; 2 Department of Psychiatry, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco; 401 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94143; 3 Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Division of Infant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 1001 Potrero Avenue, Building 5, Room 7M18, San Francisco, CA, 94110; 4 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, 4301 West Markham #820, Little Rock, AR 72205; 5 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Dallas, TX.; 6 Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Miriam Hospital & Rhode Island Hospital; 7 Departner of Sociology, University of Miami 5202 University Drive, Merrick Building, Room 120D Coral Gables, FL 33146; 8 Department of Social Medicine, Center for Health Equity Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 333 S. Columbia Street MacNider Hall #341 Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Corresponding Author: Alysse G. Wurcel MD MS, 800 Washington Street, Boston MA 02111, firstname.lastname@example.org – 617 974 2799
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Dear Editor, In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare institutions and public health experts are mobilizing to develop mitigation protocols based on the experiences of other countries, including China, South Korea, and Italy. Compared to these countries, the US has a higher incarceration rate, with 10.6 million people booked into jails each year.2 Jails pose a unique set of challenges to COVID-19 prevention, detection, and management mitigation that deserves immediate attention.
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; USA; Society.