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COVID-19 is far from over - sadly

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It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming we have just crested in deaths at 70,000, it is possible that we lose another 70,000 people over the next six weeks as we come off that peak. That's what's going to happen with a lockdown.

As states reopen, and we give the virus more fuel, all bets are off. I understand the reasons for reopening the economy; but I've said before, if you don't solve the biology, the economy won't recover.

There are very few states that have demonstrated a sustained decline in numbers of new infections. Indeed, the majority are still increasing and reopening. As a simple example of the U.S.A. trend, when you take out the data from New York and just look at the rest of the U.S.A., daily case numbers are increasing. Bottom line: the only reason the total U.S.A. new case numbers look flat right now is because the New York City epidemic was so large and now it is being contained.

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