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83% of US COVID-19 Deaths Avoidable
A new study finds earlier lockdowns could have saved 54,000 lives by early May.

James Joyner · Thursday, May 21, 2020 · 55 comments
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Another day, another study on the effectiveness of government lockdowns to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This one finds horrific losses as a result of delays.

James Glanz and Campbell Robertson reporting for the New York Times (“Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, Data Show“):

    If the United States had begun imposing social distancing measures one week earlier than it did in March, about 36,000 fewer people would have died in the coronavirus outbreak, according to new estimates from Columbia University disease modelers.

    And if the country had begun locking down cities and limiting social contact on March 1, two weeks earlier than most people started staying home, the vast majority of the nation’s deaths — about 83 percent — would have been avoided, the researchers estimated.
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