Like or not, stay-at-home orders work to stop the spread of COVID-19.
That’s the conclusion of a new study from Brown University. The research says stay-at-home orders issued by states are "significantly associated" with reduced spread of COVID-19. The findings were published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases earlier this month.
The research says the pandemic doubling time, the amount of time it takes cases to double, did increase as lockdowns were put in place this spring. Increases in that number shows the virus spread slowing down.
The authors suggest that studying what happened after the orders were lifted would beneficial to fighting COVID-19 as well.