U.S. Cases Grow, State and Local Governments Enact Restrictions

By Edo Paz, MD
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March 16, 2020
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With U.S. coronavirus cases now exceeding 3,000 as of Sunday, various state and local governments have enacted restrictions on public gatherings. Ohio and Illinois have ordered restaurants and bars closed, and more states are expected to follow quickly. School districts around the country have also closed, including the nation’s largest school district in New York City, leaving millions without childcare.

The CDC is now suggesting that all gatherings of 50 or more people should be postponed or cancelled for the next 8 weeks. The goal of these restrictions is to curb the spread of coronavirus, and will likely have a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of Americans. These simulations show how the restrictions being imposed might slow down the spread of the disease.

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Edo Paz, MD

Edo Paz is the VP of Medical at K Health. Dr. Paz has two degrees in chemistry from Harvard and earned his medical degree from Columbia University. He did his medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at New York-Presbyterian. In addition to his work at K Health, Dr. Paz is a cardiologist at White Plains Hospital, part of the Montefiore Health System.