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People who work in or who are confined to correctional facilities are at high risk for exposure to COVID-19. In this paper, I describe the at-risk populations in correctional facilities and identify mechanisms for reducing or minimizing rates of COVID-19 transmission.
Risk reduction involves careful situational analysis and adaptation of communicable disease control procedures.
Prevention, identification and quarantine, and treatment are 3 steps that can reduce and minimize risk of infection to correctional facility workers and incarcerated individuals.
Incarcerated individuals are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure, infection, and disease consequences due to their high incidence of chronic disease and poor health in general, as well as the conditions of confinement. Humane and immediate steps to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19 among individuals in correctional settings are needed.
Source: Health Behavior and Policy Review, Volume 7, Number 2, March 2020, pp. 161-164(4)
Publisher: Paris Scholar Publishing Ltd.