Study finds half of coronavirus infections and deaths could have been prevented if social distancing measures were implemented one week sooner.

  • A new Columbia University study shows more than 50% of infections and deaths could have been prevented if social distancing occurred one week sooner than it did.
  • The study estimated 84% of deaths and 82% of infections would have been prevented if lockdowns occurred two weeks earlier that it did.
  • The study used epidemiologic modeling to gauge transmission rates from March 15 to May 3 and determine the impact social distancing could have.
  • The first US case was reported at the end of January. It wasn’t until mid-March that Americans were urged to avoid groups and limit travel.
  • “During the initial growth of a pandemic, infections increase exponentially. As a consequence, early intervention and fast response are critical.”