With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic bashing normal life daily, it’s hard to find a silver lining to the frustrating situation, but it seems the sacrifices that are being made collectively are giving good results.
Orders to stay home and measures of social distancing during the pandemic are saving lives.
Dr. Lisa Enrlich, of Baylor St. Luke’s in Houston, said the measures taken by local authorities are paying off to the extent that the National Guard has already been removed from Harris County for how well the area is prepared.
Information recently released by the Rice University Kindergarten Institute shows that the sacrifice of the residents “has been worth it.”
In the last two weeks, it is estimated that social distancing measures have saved 4,533 lives and they have prevented 48,812 people from having to be hospitalized for the coronavirus.
The study indicates that if social distancing and stay-at-home orders are maintained in Houston and Southeast Texas, by April 22 about 13,220 lives would be saved and it would prevent 125,733 people from having to go to the hospital to be treated by COVID-19.
Health authorities warn that if the measures are not respected, the alternative result would be horrible.
If the indications are not followed, the study indicates, 2.4 million people in Harris County could be infected and more than 24,000 people could die.
“The Kindergarten numbers show that every person staying home while respecting the measures has a significant impact on the pandemic,” said Dr. Enrlich. The decision to stay home has saved and will continue to save lives.