COVID Shutdowns Prevented 60 Million Infections: Study

June 9, 2020

    Widespread shutdowns prevented what could have been an additional 60 million cases of coronavirus infections in the United States, according to new research.

    A study published on Monday in scientific journal “Nature” applied a modeling technique to measure the impact of closures in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France and the United States.

    Based on the results, the study claims that shutdowns and similar guidelines prevented more than 500 million additional cases in these six countries.

    The study took into account policies instated between January thru April 6.

    The breakdown of cases prevented by country was an estimated 285 million in China, 38 million in South Korea, 49 million in Italy, 54 million in Iran, 45 million in France, and the aforementioned 60 millions in the U.S.

    Researchers behind the study dubbed the policies “one of humanity’s greatest collective achievements.”

    "I don't think any human endeavor has ever saved so many lives in such a short period of time. There have been huge personal costs to staying home and canceling events, but the data show that each day made a profound difference," read a statement from Solomon Hsiang, the study’s lead author and a professor and director of the Global Policy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Hsiang added: "By using science and cooperating, we changed the course of history."

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