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A new study conducted in Wales has found no evidence that shielding, a measure taken to protect vulnerable individuals from COVID-19, reduced the number of infections in the country.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at Cardiff University and published in the British Medical Journal, analyzed data from over 18,000 individuals who were advised to shield in Wales between March and August 2020.
The researchers found that there was no significant difference in the number of COVID-19 infections between those who were advised to shield and those who were not. In fact, the study found that individuals who were advised to shield were more likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The findings of this study are important as they suggest that shielding may not be an effective measure in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Instead, the researchers suggest that other measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene may be more effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
It is important to note that this study only looked at the effectiveness of shielding in Wales and may not be applicable to other countries or regions. However, the findings do raise questions about the effectiveness of shielding as a measure to protect vulnerable individuals from COVID-19.
Overall, this study highlights the need for continued research and evaluation of measures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, it is important to identify and implement effective measures to protect individuals and communities from the virus.