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As the coronavirus continues to surge through the United States, there are numerous ideas of how to slow the spread as quickly and effectively as possible. As mentioned multiple times on this blog, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing are two of our best tools currently, without a widely available treatment.
Another option would be to do a "national lockdown" type of strategy. This would of course come with its own set of incredible challenges.
According to an update posted to CNN this afternoon, this idea has been presented via a letter to political leaders:
"More than 150 prominent US medical experts, scientists, teachers, nurses and others have signed a letter to political leaders urging them to shut down the country and start over to contain the surging coronavirus pandemic.
“The best thing for the nation is not to reopen as quickly as possible, it’s to save as many lives as possible,” they wrote in the document, which was sent to the Trump administration, leading members of Congress and state governors on Thursday.
“If you don’t take these actions, the consequences will be measured in widespread suffering and death,” the letter warned.
“Our decision makers need to hit the reset button,” said Matt Wellington, the public health campaigns director for the advocacy group US PIRG, which joined with health experts to draft the letter.
“Continuing on the path we’re on now will result in widespread suffering and death. And for what? Health experts laid out criteria for how to reopen safely. It’s time to listen to them,” Wellington said.
Click here to see the updates from today, 7/23, on CNN.