Efforts to Control Coronavirus in the U.S. Could Get Even More Extreme
SEATTLE — First came handwashing instructions and social distancing. Then came the prohibitions on large events and the shuttering of schools.
Next up, should the coronavirus outbreak grow even more dire, are government measures that could have an even greater impact on daily life.
Washington State — where 31 people have died from the virus, the most in the United States — has escalated through most of a 13-step strategy checklist for controlling infectious outbreaks and now has only a few remaining options: closing workplaces, restricting people to their homes and cordoning off targeted areas to help control the spread of infection.
With new research showing that 400 people in the Seattle area could die in the coming weeks if officials were unable to alter the trajectory of the outbreak, state and city leaders …continued .
[Source: New York Times]