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Slow U.S. response to virus led to at least 36,000 deaths, model shows


Hilary Swift – New York Times

A sign encouraging social distancing at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on May 16, 2020. The coronavirus has plunged America into uncertainty, leaving towns across the country struggling to find their moorings.

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% - would have been avoided, the researchers estimated.


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