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COVID-19 interventions can cut virus infections, severe outcomes and healthcare needs

Non pharmaceutical interventions such as voluntary shelter in place quarantines and other steps taken to control the COVID 19 can reduce the peak number of infections daily infection rates cumulative infections and overall deaths a study suggested The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE Utilising data from the state of Georgia the study determined that a combination of non pharmaceutical interventions with various levels of compliance that change over time could in some instances cut cumulative infections in half and reduce the peak number of infections to about a third of what could have been seen flattening the peak to avoid overwhelming a state s healthcare system The study compared actual statistics to revised models of what could have happened in the state during the past seven and a half months without the physical distancing The study modelled the number of COVID 19 infections and resulting in severe outcomes and the need for hospital capacity under social distancing particularly school closures shelter in place and voluntary quarantine As infection rates rise in the United States during late October the study could help public health officials select the best techniques for addressing the viral threat Georgia s total population is approximately 10 5 million and Covid 19 related deaths have exceeded 7 600

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