Study Says Shutdowns Put in Place Avoided 60 Million More Coronavirus Infections in the US

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States across the country are starting to open up after a few months of stay-at-home orders, and a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that such safety measures significantly prevented the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Researchers examined six countries – China, the United States, France, Italy, Iran, and South Korea – and estimated how 1,717 policies on the local, regional, and national levels like travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and closures of businesses thwarted the spread of the virus.