The COVID-19 shutdown enters its second month in the USA and the flattening curves are encouraging the Americans to ‘reopen’ some of the states to facilitate its economy and workforce.
However, ‘we are not out of the woods,’ indicates the documents received from the Center for Public Integrity. According to the estimates by the federal health officials, the reopening may cause over 300,000 more deaths. This number is five times greater than the current estimate by the government of 60,000 with social distancing measures strictly in place.
Additionally, the documents reveal other scenarios that may lessen or increase the amounts of deaths if social distancing protocols ceased off. This includes two scenarios that involve COVID-19 having a moderate severity and transmission rate, where differing levels of asymptomatic transmission could lead to deaths between 90,000 and 150,000 in total.
On the other hand, if the COVID-19 levels reach a high level of severity and transmission, the death toll can reach between 1.1 and 1.8 million in the USA.
The report came after President Donald Trump issued new guidelines to loosen the lockdown. Several governors also echoed his policy and started making plans to reopen some businesses before the end of April while protestors started lining up on streets with a mantra to ‘shut down the shutdown’, signifying the economic hardship due to the lockdown.
As of Saturday, the United States of America had 927,000 confirmed diagnosis of the coronavirus with cases occurring in all 50 states. Health officials observe that threat to the Americans is far from over. They also claim that they have limited testing capacities and reopening the states in this condition will give disastrous results.