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New Model Finds Shutting Down U.S. Even One Week Earlier Could Have Cut Death Toll in Half

Posted on AllSides May 21st, 2020
From The Left
coronavirus, coronavirus deaths, coronavirus response, social distancing, lockdowns

As the U.S. begins to restart portions of what was daily life before the arrival of the coronavirus, a new model on the virus’s spread estimates that if the country had responded more quickly—even by a single week—in shutting down and social distancing, tens of thousands of lives could have been saved. The Columbia University model shows the importance of timing in containing the exponential growth of a virus; it also implicitly reaffirms the need for decisive leadership from engaged and informed public officials.

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