More than 2 million Americans could die of coronavirus if the US does NOTHING – but keeping people apart could cut fatalities to 200,000, study suggests

Social distancing of the entire US population, isolation of anyone infected with coronavirus and quarantines for their household members may be the only way to stem the pandemic – and these measures may need to be in place for 18 months, a new study suggests.

Researchers at Imperial College London say that if the whole population doesn’t hunker down, between 1.1 million and 1.2 million Americans will likely die of coronavirus, even if they are treated.

Their study, published Monday, predicts how the coronavirus pandemic is likely to pan out, depending on how the US and UK respond.

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