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U.S. Could Have Saved 36,000 Lives If Social Distancing Started 1 Week Earlier: Study

A new analysis finds social distancing has been very effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 -- and that thousands of lives could have been saved if the policies began earlier. In this March 17 photo, people eat at a restaurant along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Fla., nearly a week after President Trump declared a national emergency.
A new analysis finds social distancing has been very effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 -- and that thousands of lives could have been saved if the policies began earlier. In this March 17 photo, people eat at a restaurant along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Fla., nearly a week after President Trump declared a national emergency.
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