To minimize transmission—which mainly occurs through the inhalation of infected droplets, many countries have enacted nationwide lockdowns, closing all but ‘essential’ businesses and putting most regular activities on hold.

Is this correct?

  • Why is this marked grammar? It's still just the same words in the same order, so grammar is immaterial.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 19:40
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    Use em dashes to set off a phrase.
    – Xanne
    Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 19:58
  • Nope, not correct. Please review info on the web regarding "parenthetical phrase".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 0:05

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Not correct. Stay consistent with comma or em dash with your sample sentence: 1) "To minimize transmission, which mainly..." 2) "...of infected droplets--many countries..."

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