Delayed US COVID Reaction Cost Lives, New Study Finds

Posted on May 21, 2020 7:31 am

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A new Columbia University study released this week suggests the U.S. delay in reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic cost the nation tens of thousands of lives.

The study, conducted by three Columbia University researchers, and funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, suggests that if control measures designed to control the spread of the coronavirus had begun by  March 1 — two weeks earlier than most measures began — 83% of the nation’s deaths by the virus could have been prevented.

The study says even one week earlier would have saved as many as 36,000 lives.