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Early COVID-19 shutdowns helped St. Louis area avoid thousands of deaths

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Written by Julia Evangelou Strait

Photo: Matt Miller, WUSTL

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis estimates the number of deaths that could have occurred had public health orders been delayed for one week, two weeks or four weeks as the pandemic was first taking hold in St. Louis city and St. Louis County. The analysis suggests that, in the first three months of the pandemic, the region avoided thousands of hospitalizations and deaths with early and coordinated public health measures. Shown, a health-care provider tends to a patient with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

The study’s lead author is Elvin Geng, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Institute’s Center for Dissemination & Implementation.

Read the School of Medicine story.