Sumary of Early implementation of social distancing policies results in smaller death tolls, but larger second waves:
- Early social distancing results in smaller death tolls, but leads to larger second waves, according to research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
- When COVID-19 arrived on U.S. shores in early 2020, political leaders and public health officials had to make educated guesses.
- That’s where researchers like Binghamton University Assistant Professor Zeynep Ertem come in.
- ” Related StoriesCombining simulation models with data collected during the early months of the pandemic, Ertem and her collaborators tried various strategies to gain time by using those social-distancing interventions until a mass vaccination strategy begins.
- ” The paper concludes that social-distancing strategies implemented early in a pandemic result in smaller death tolls, but lead to relatively larger second waves.
- Conversely, social-distancing strategies implemented later result in higher initial death tolls but relatively smaller second waves.
- Ertem hopes that policymakers consider her research and others like it when thinking about how to deal with the current resurgence of COVID-19 and any possible future pandemics.