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Earlier US lockdown 'could have saved tens of thousands of lives'

Earlier US lockdown 'could have saved tens of thousands of lives'”

The study looked at the number of deaths that occurred from the start of March through May 3, at which point 65,307 Americans had reportedly died from COVID-19.

The US President Donald Trump has been accused of delaying in his response to the health crisis, though he insisted early measures were announced to nip it in the bud.

A researcher not involved with the study, Lauren Ancel Meyers an epidemiologist at the University of Texas at Austin, said, "This implies that if interventions had occurred two weeks earlier, many Covid-19 deaths and cases would have been prevented by early May, not just in New York City but throughout the USA".

And if the nation had locked down two weeks sooner than it did, it could have prevented 84% of deaths and 82% of cases, stated the the analysis workforce, led by epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman.

The study also found that deaths could have been reduced by 54,000 - a rate of more than 4 in 5 Americans who died during that time - had such measures been introduced on March 1.

"That small moment in time, catching it in that growth phase, is incredibly critical in reducing the number of deaths".

Trump has often cited his decision in late January to block most travelers who had recently spent time in China from entering the United States, although his administration did not enact similar restrictions on travel from Europe until March 14, or recommend widespread social distancing in the United States until March 16. That's additionally when cities like NY began to shut faculties.

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On February 19, he suggested that matters would resolve themselves, if they got bad at all, when spring temperatures arrived. He pointed to the private sector's work on delivering "critical supplies to states in need and ramp up testing across the country that has placed us on a responsible path to reopen our country". "I was earlier than anybody thought".

On March 9, however, President Donald Trump was still downplaying the severity of the virus and touting his travel restrictions on China; by then, the virus already had begun its undetected spread throughout the US.

"The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant", Trump wrote in a tweet.

As of Thursday 21 May, the country had registered more than 93,600 fatalities with infections exceeding 1.5 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The main focus of the study was the period from March 15 to May 3, when USA states and counties implemented "measures enforcing social distancing and restricting individual contact".

March proved to be a crucial time of action, as cases spiked in the U.S. come April.

"What would have saved lives is if China had been transparent and the World Health Organization had fulfilled its mission", White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement earlier Thursday.

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