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Mandated and voluntary social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic: a review
Working Paper Series National Bureau of Economic Research ; 53, 2020.
Article in English | GIM | ID: covidwho-1408098
ABSTRACT
For much of 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic upended social and economic life globally. In an effort to reduce COVID-19 risks in the U.S., state and local governments issued many recommendations and regulations to induce social distancing, adding to voluntary reductions in interpersonal contact. The responses to the epidemic helped contain spread, but also lead to high unintended societal costs. In the summer months, states took steps to revive the economy and lift social distancing regulations. However, as many epidemiologists expected, the scale of the epidemic has expanded very rapidly in the fall. In the week of October 14, the US generated around 57,000 new COVID-19 cases and 700 deaths each day. By November 15, the country was generating about 151,000 new cases and 1,200 deaths per day. These rapid increases in cases and deaths raise concerns about the capacity of local healthcare systems around the country. State governments are once again facing difficult choices about whether and how to use policies to address the spread of the virus. The incoming Biden-Harris administration faces an important challenge in trying to manage the epidemic as well as a large scale vaccination campaign. Although the epidemic is less than a year old, it has generated a huge volume of research by economists, epidemiologists, and others. This body of work may help inform policy decisions facing society in the coming months.
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Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: GIM Type of study: Prognostic study Topics: Vaccines Language: English Journal: Working Paper Series National Bureau of Economic Research Year: 2020 Document Type: Article

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Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: GIM Type of study: Prognostic study Topics: Vaccines Language: English Journal: Working Paper Series National Bureau of Economic Research Year: 2020 Document Type: Article