There was a study published on Monday by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley. The study examined 1,717 local, regional and national coronavirus restrictions, estimating that the “unprecedented” shutdowns prevented about 530 million infections across the United States, China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and France.
Researchers found that among the many policies that have been implemented, isolating at home, business closures and lockdowns tended to have the clearest benefits, while travel restrictions and bans on public gatherings had varied success.
In the U.S. the shut down measures prevented about 60 million infections, which the study notes would translate to around 4.8 million confirmed cases.
The study didn’t estimate how many deaths were prevented, but given the average 1 to 3 percent mortality rate based on confirmed case; it can be estimated that these actions prevented between 48,000 and 144,000 deaths in the U.S. alone.
“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,” Solomon Hsiang, director of Berkeley’s Global Policy Laboratory, said in a press release. “By using science and cooperating, we changed the course of history.”
You can find more on this study and it’s results at nature.com
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