"It originated in China and, at least according to one study, it's spread could have been contained by 95% globally had the CCP just acted responsibly.
#9 | Posted by JeffJ "
I am not sure this is correct, although I can't be certain without knowing to which "study" you refer. I suspect it is the University of Southampton study quoted recently in this Axios article:
Here is the study:
The critical difference is that the study and article do not state that "it's spread could have been contained by 95% globally" if China had acted sooner. The study makes it clear that it is referencing only the impact that earlier or later actions would have had on the spread of the virus in China - not globally. From the study:
"The research also found that if interventions in the country could have been conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier, cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively " significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease. However, if NPIs were conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks later than they were, the number of cases may have shown a 3-fold, 7-fold, or 18-fold increase, respectively."
The whole point is that once the virus is loose in a country, the speed with which authorities respond with effective containment measures dictates in large part how widespread and invasive the pandemic becomes. This is the reason why delays on Trump's part in denying the seriousness of the virus had real world consequences for the severity of the pandemic in the US.