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Earlier Covid-19 mitigation efforts could have saved more lives in US, top health official says

April 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Paramedics of the Santa Rita ambulance service wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they present an improvised isolation capsule and an ambulance adapted to transfer patients with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Cali, Colombia, on April 7, 2020. - The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 75,000 people worldwide since it emerged in China in December, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources at 0945 GMT on Tuesday. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP) (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images)

More than 22,000 people in the US have died from Covid-19 -- with 1,475 deaths reported on Sunday -- as a top health official said more lives could have been saved if mitigation efforts had started earlier.

(CNN)More than 22,000 people in the US have died from Covid-19 -- with 1,475 deaths reported on Sunday -- as a top health official said more lives could have been saved if mitigation efforts had started earlier.

The latest numbers come as Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that some lives would have been saved if coronavirus mitigation efforts had been instituted earlier.

Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told CNN that he and other federal health officials were recommending mitigation efforts like social distancing as early as mid-February.

As millions of Americans worried about stay-at-home orders and social distancing on Sunday, about 95 million people in nearly 20 states experienced severe weather and will see more of it Monday.

Emergency officials said Sunday people sheltering from tornadoes and protecting themselves from severe weather take priority over the social distancing guidelines Americans are adhering to during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency emphasized in a tweet that people should continue social distancing practices if they go to a public shelter.

The FDA's announcement Sunday outlined a plan to decontaminate the respirators through a company called Advanced Sterilization Products, which could allow for the decontamination of approximately 4 million N95 respirators per day.

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