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NPR | COVID-19 In U.S. Weeks Earlier Than Previously Known

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Coronavirus Was In U.S. Weeks Earlier Than Previously Known, Study Says

The coronavirus was present in the U.S. weeks earlier than scientists and public health officials previously thought, and before cases in China were publicly identified, according to a new government study published Monday.

The virus and the illness that it causes, COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, but it wasn’t until Jan. 19 that the first confirmed COVID-19 case, from a traveler returning from China, was found in the U.S.

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Pandemic Lockdowns Saved Millions From Dying

Modelers Suggest Pandemic Lockdowns Saved Millions From Dying Of COVID-19
From  Nature via  NPR

Two new papers published in the journal Nature say that lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus were highly effective, prevented tens of millions of infections and saved millions of lives.

“Our estimates show that lockdowns had a really dramatic effect in reducing transmission,” says  Samir Bhatt, a senior lecturer at the Imperial College London’s School of Public Health, who worked on one of the papers  published in Nature.

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