Who’s to blame here?
Let’s call a spade a spade, the US response to the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t exactly the best. In fact, it was very much delayed. Many have wondered just how many lives could have been saved had the US started implementing social distancing earlier and thanks to new research, we now know the answer.
With 1,602,132 people infected with the virus and 95,332 succumbing to it, the US is currently the worst hit country in the world, but new research has shown that had the Trump administration started implementing social distancing measures just a week in advance, 36,000 lives could have been saved.
The study, conducted by researchers at Columbia University, built a model that simulates the transmission of the virus across the country using epidemiological modelling to get an idea of what transmission rates between March 15 to May 3.