Tom Inglesby, Opinion contributor Published 3:15 a.m. ET March 26, 2020 | Updated 7:11 a.m. ET March 26, 2020CLOSE Social distancing matters. Here is how to do it and how it can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAYWe shouldn’t consider relaxing social distancing measures until we have slowed the spread, dealt with supply shortages and diagnostic capacity and prepared to deal with patient surges.In recent days, there have been prominent US voices calling for a stop to social distancing soon, citing rationale that the consequences of social distancing are worse than the impact of COVID-19 itself. It’s worth looking very closely at that claim, where we are in the U.S.  epidemic and what happens if we stop the social distancing efforts in place around the country.COVID-19  has been spreading with exponential growth in the United States, and we’re just beginning to get an understanding of how extensively as testing has become more available. There are nearly 65,000 U.S. cases confirmed as of Wednesday evening and more than 900 deaths. A few weeks ago, we had recognized 70 cases.We shouldn’t be considering the relaxing of strong social distancing measures until we have drastically slowed the rate of spread, dealt with our dire shortages of supplies and diagnostic capacity and

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