From the Document: "The first U.S. case of the 2019 novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was reported on January 19, 2020, in Washington State. Over the next three months, the number of U.S. cases increased to over 700,000 with more than 40,000 deaths and COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] as the cause. About a third of confirmed cases are in New York City, although the virus has spread in pockets throughout the country. States and local communities have responded to the virus by implementing stay-at-home orders, mandating closures of nonessential businesses, and encouraging the practice of sound public health methods like social distancing. A careful study of previous epidemics suggests that when outbreaks of deadly diseases occur, places that have practiced good public health strategies have been able to recover more quickly. Therefore, a sound public health strategy not only helps to reduce illness and mortality associated with the disease, but also helps to mitigate the long-term economic effects. However, the strategies aimed at containing COVID-19 while not overwhelming the health system have come at a real cost."
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National Coronavirus Recovery Commission: https://www.coronaviruscommission.com/