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.
It turns out that not only would one week have saved 36,000 lives, but a lock down two weeks earlier than it did could’ve prevented a whopping 84% of deaths and 82% of cases. “Our findings underscore the importance of early intervention and aggressive response in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic,” the researchers wrote in the report.
That being said however, the research has not actually been peer reviewed as of yet. On top of that, the researchers also acknowledged that in spite of these findings, there was no way they could’ve accounted for how Americans would’ve responded had social distancing policies been implemented earlier, which in a way gives it a little less real world application than one might think.
Still though, the findings are rather thought provoking and really put into the spotlight just how slow the US response to the coronavirus was. The question here is could any other president have handled the pandemic better than Trump has? And if so, how much has he contributed to the current death toll in America? Food for thought, I guess.