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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3345/cep.2021.01515    [Accepted]
Published online November 30, 2021.
Epidemiological changes in infectious diseases during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in Korea: a systematic review
Jong Gyun Ahn1,2 
1Department of Pediatrics, Severance Children’s Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Institute for Immunology and Immunological Diseases, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence: 
Jong Gyun Ahn, Email: jgahn@yuhs.ac
Received: 6 October 2021   • Revised: 5 November 2021   • Accepted: 19 November 2021
Abstract
In the era of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, countries worldwide have implemented several non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to contain its spread before vaccines and treatments were developed. NPIs included social distancing, mask wearing, intensive contact tracing and isolation, and sanitization. In addition to their effectiveness at preventing the rapid spread of COVID-19, NPIs have caused secondary changes in the epidemiology of other infectious diseases. In Korea, various NPI stages have been implemented since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on January 20, 2020. This review, based on a PubMed database search, shows the impact of NPIs on several infectious diseases other than severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 in the COVID-19 pandemic era in Korea.
Key Words: COVID-19, Non-pharmaceutical interventions, Infectious diseases, South Korea


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