Public Health Policies Have Prevented Hundreds of Millions of Coronavirus Infections

June 24, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Regulations

Last modified June 25, 2020

The NIH Director’s Blog explains as difficult as the shutdowns have been, new research shows that without these public health measures, things would have been much, much worse. According to a recent study, the implementation of containment and mitigation strategies across the globe prevented or delayed about 530 million coronavirus infections across six countries—China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, and the United States. 

Now, as various communities start cautiously to open up, we should continue to practice social distancing, mask wearing, and hand-washing. This is not the time to say that the risk has passed. “We are all tired of the virus and its consequences for our personal lives, but the virus doesn’t care. It’s still out there. Stay safe, everyone!”

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