Shutdowns Prevented 60 Millions Coronavirus Infections in the U.S., Study Says

June 9, 2020

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A new study published Monday in the scientific journal Nature said that the large-scale business and school closures and stay-at-home orders prevented as many as 60 million Americans from getting the coronavirus, CNN reports. The estimates also suggested that had those policies not been implemented globally, over 500 million more people would have been infected worldwide. "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," said study author Solomon Hsiang.