Suppression of epidemics cannot rely solely on the hope of effective vaccines and/or medical treatment: we need a "Plan B" of effective behavioural, environmental, social and systems interventions (BESSI) to reduce transmission.
The BESSI Collaboration aim to provide information about planned and completed research into reducing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and facilitate both novel and replication research.
Weekly score card of controlled trials*
Many types of research are needed; the scorecard below focuses on trials as one snapshot of current research. Data derived from Epistomonikas LOVE website using the procedure, education and social distancing question filters and COVID-19 population filter.
Given the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to be around to at least mid-2021 (potentially followed by seasonal outbreaks) - even if a vaccine or effective treatments are developed - it is imperative to address BESSI evidence gaps now and to develop longer-term research priorities and processes to improve evidence about BESSInterventions to prevent and manage future infectious disease outbreaks.