Did Shutdowns Really Help Prevent Coronavirus Infection From Blowing Up?

As per two new reports, lockdowns and other precautionary measures were very effective in helping prevent millions of potential COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S.

Research Reveals Lockdowns Were Effective In Preventing COVID-19 Cases

When the coronavirus outbreak from China was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) a couple months ago, the immediate response was to declare nationwide lockdowns not just in the U.S., but in other countries as well. SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the pandemic, was found to transfer from person to person via physical contact so lockdowns that had people following stay-at-home orders were given in order to help slow down the spread of the virus.

Now, two new peer-reviewed studies published in the scientific journal Nature reveals that these lockdown measures were actually very effective in helping prevent millions of COVID-19 cases that would have resulted in more deaths.

One of the studies, which is the one published first, estimated the number of COVID-19 cases that were prevented due to the safety measures via a modeling technique. Through this, the study found that six countries greatly benefitted off of the pandemic control policies. In fact, the control policies were able to stop some 60 million more cases in the United States and 285 million cases in China, where the outbreak started.

And then there’s the second study, which looked at the number of deaths that have been prevented due to the lockdown measures. Based on their data, 3.1 million deaths in the included countries in the first study were avoided with the pandemic control measures.

“Without these policies employed, we would have lived through a very different April and May,” Solomon Hsiang, director of the Global Policy Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley and the leader of the research team that surveyed how six countries — China, the United States, France, Italy, Iran and South Korea — responded to the pandemic, said.

While it’s good news, the truth is that the pandemic is very much ongoing and we still have a long way to go.  As such, more work needs to be done if we are to fully stop this pandemic from doing any more damage.

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