When coronavirus became a worldwide pandemic, many countries decided to put in place several measures such as shutting down schools, banning large gatherings, and stay-at-home orders in order to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
At first many had different opinions about the measures especially where the country’s economy is involved with several arguing that these shutdowns would paralyze the economy, resulting in million of job losses and tanking stock markets and this has so far been proved as many businesses have collapsed rendering millions of people jobless.
However, a new study shows that half a billion infections of the novel coronavirus were prevented worldwide from lock-downs while stay-at-home orders, business shutdowns and school closures prevented up to 60 million infections in the US alone this concluding that the restrictions and measures were essential in preventing the spread of the virus.
According to the research, it is clear that if the restrictions hadn’t been put in place, most countries would have been hit much harder globally and there could have been many more deaths from Covid-19.
For instance, without early interventions, China would have seen 250 million more infections, South Korea would have seen 38 million more and Iran would have seen 54 million more, while in Europe, 49 million infections were prevented in Italy and 45 million were prevented in France.
Therefore, it is evident that the rate of transmission has declined from high levels to ones under control in most of the countries due to stay-at-home orders, mass gatherings ban and school closures, with Kenya also improvising on the cessation of movements in and from the affected counties and a countrywide curfew.