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When will the United States be able to ease its social distancing measures, intended to slow the spread of COVID-19? To help answer this question, two public health experts have mapped out possible routes to the end of the pandemic, Stat News reported.

First, Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy expert and vice provost of the University of Pennsylvania, projected that orders to shelter-in-place or quarantine could be eased in June — provided that the entire country adheres to strict social distancing measures for the next eight to 10 weeks. Data from China suggests that, in this scenario, the number of positive COVID-19 cases would peak in roughly four weeks and then taper off over the following four to six weeks, Emanuel wrote in a New York Times opinion piece published March 28.



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