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Are Coronavirus shutdown measures hurting or helping?
Mar 22, 2020 at 06:42 PM

The Quick Facts

  • People across the world continue to adjust to "a new normal" in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • In the U.S., many states are instituting policies requiring citizens to stay at home, with additional measures expected in the coming days.
  • As of March 22nd (3pm EST), over 328K cases of COVID-19 were confirmed globally, with over 14K deaths. Over 5K of these deaths were in Italy. (Source: Johns Hopkins University)
  • The mortality rate of COVID-19 is still uncertain. The World Health Organization (WHO) originally estimated it to be around 3.4%, but this was based on dividing deaths by the number of confirmed cases. Other experts estimate that the mortality rate may be lower, since there are likely many mild cases that go unreported.

Food For Thought

Are the Coronavirus shutdown measures hurting or helping? What should be done next?

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