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US Coronavirus lockdowns work

16:08  21 september  2020
16:08  21 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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a sign on the side of a building: Coronavirus lockdowns work © Getty Images Coronavirus lockdowns work

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But if consumers are sick, they cannot shop. And there is data - if you believe in data - to show that a temporary closure of public spaces leads to a reduction in infections and death.

Look at New York. New York City began closing public schools the week of March 15 and imposed stay-at-home orders for everyone except essential workers the following week. Restrictions remained in place until June, when the city began gradually reopening while keeping indoor dining and other high-risk activities off-limits.

Now there is a forthcoming study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Although not yet peer-reviewed, it concludes that public health interventions meant to limit contact between people, such as closing schools and telling nonessential workers to stay home, "likely contributed to the largest reduction in transmission in the population overall."

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Globally, there are also signs that lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, closed schools and canceled public events prevented millions of infections and deaths. In a study in the journal Nature researchers looked at the number of deaths from COVID-19 in 11 countries in Europe. They found that 3.1 million deaths in these countries were avoided because of pandemic control measures.

Think about what more than 150 prominent U.S. medical experts, scientists, teachers, nurses and others have urged months ago in a letter recommending that political leaders shut down the country and start over to contain the surging coronavirus pandemic.

"The best thing for the nation is not to reopen as quickly as possible, it's to save as many lives as possible," they wrote in the document, which was sent Thursday to the Trump administration, leading members of Congress and state governors. "Right now, we are on a path to lose more than 200,000 American lives by November 1." Well, we are almost there, and it is not yet October.

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As we enter October, with the start of a holiday season stretching through the end of 2020, the country has to come to terms with COVID-19 and its devastation. It is not too late to shut down, at least in areas with high levels of infection, to save thousands of lives. I pray we do it.

Tara D. Sonenshine is former U.S. under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.


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