A brand new analysis carried out by the Columbia University confirmed that about 36,000 Coronavirus deaths within the U.S. might have been prevented if social distancing measures have been imposed one week earlier in March.
The examine, that was launched on May 20, discovered that the US would have recorded a minimum of 700,000 fewer infections if restrictions to comprise the unfold of Coronavirus started on March eight as an alternative of March 15. And if Coronavirus restrictions have been put in place two weeks earlier, nearly 54,000 individuals would have survived the pandemic.
“During the initial growth of a pandemic, infections increase exponentially. As a consequence, early intervention and fast response are critical for limiting morbidity and mortality,” the examine reads.
“Our estimates are that a majority of deaths would have been prevented. Just over 50% of them would have been reduced for the total numbers that we see by May 3, if we had acted just a week earlier,” stated epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman.
While the primary imported Covid-19 case within the US was recorded on January 20, as of publication the US has recorder greater than 1.632,000 confirmed Covid-19 circumstances and over 97,000 deaths.