May 22, 2020

Fathom’s Chart of the Day 22.05.2020: Austria opens up while controlling its virus outbreak

by Fathom Consulting.

The economic outlook in the coming months will depend in large part on whether the easing of lockdowns results in an increased spread of COVID-19. There is some reason for initial confidence. In first-mover countries, such as Austria and Denmark, there is little to suggest that easing has increased new cases. Austria’s COVID-19 index of stringency score went from 85 in mid-March to 69 in mid-April, without any notable increase in infections since then. It seems possible that changes such as increased hand-washing, more rigorous isolation for confirmed cases, mask wearing, social distancing and bans on large events are enough to keep R below 1 even as measures are relaxed.

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