A delaying strategy means attempting to prevent spread of a disease (usually infectious) by:
- Detecting imported infections into a community
- Detecting first generation transmissions
- Preventive measures
Unlike the almost identical term containment strategy it does not imply that for the disease in hand it will be possible to prevent general transmission to the population. For highly infectious disease with only moderate or low mortality and morbidity it may be far better to use the term "delaying strategy" as containment implies that it is reasonably possible to mobilise the resources and for society and individuals to accept the costs implicate in containment.