Shutdowns prevented about 60 million novel infections of coronavirus in the United States and 285 million in China, according to a research study published Monday that examined how stay-at – home orders and other restrictions restricted the spread of the contagion.
A similar analysis by Imperial College London epidemiologists reported that the shutdowns preserved about 3.1 million lives in 11 European countries, including 500,000 in the United Kingdom, and reduced outbreak rates by an average of 82 percent, adequate to push the contagion far below disease thresholds.
Shutdowns were essential
The two reports, which were published simultaneously in the journal Nature on Monday. Used entirely different methods to draw similar conclusions. They say the violent and unforeseen shutdowns. Which triggered major economic failures and employment losses. They were successful in stopping the novel coronavirus‘ exponential expansion.
“Without these policies, we would have did live through such a different April and May”. Solomon Hsiang, director of the international policy research lab at Berkeley University of California, and the research team leader who surveyed how six countries — China, the United States , France, Italy, Iran as well as South Korea — reacted to the pandemic, said.
His team reported that the number of infections doubled every two days during the initial days. After the virus was seeded in each region, and before the shutdowns.
“The disease was spreading very rarely even among very infectious diseases at a really extraordinary rate”. He said in an interview. The global response to covid-19, the virus-caused disease. Resulted in “saving more lives in a shorter period of time than ever before”. He said with reporters in a separate conference call.
Apparently, Shutdowns helped a lot in decreasing the spread rate. If it also wasn’t for the shutdowns. We could have seen number way higher than this. As annoying as it may seem, They also were our savior in the past couple of months.