Social distancing to combat COVID-19 led to a marked decrease in food-borne infections and sexually transmitted diseases in Spain

J Travel Med. 2020 Dec 23;27(8):taaa134. doi: 10.1093/jtm/taaa134.


Data from a recent epidemiological surveillance network showed a decrease in the reported number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and food-borne infections. We reflect on the possible drivers and consequences of a decrease in these transmittable infectious diseases linked to human contact in relation to social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Madrid (Spain).

Keywords: COVID-19; Sexually transmitted diseases; food-borne infections; social distancing.

MeSH terms

  • Basic Reproduction Number / statistics & numerical data
  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • COVID-19* / prevention & control
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods
  • Communicable Disease Control / statistics & numerical data
  • Epidemiologic Measurements
  • Epidemiological Monitoring
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Physical Distancing*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Spain / epidemiology