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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: A police officer crosses the street in a nearly empty Times Square on March 12, 2020 in New York, United States. Many New Yorkers are heeding the advice of officials after the state banned large gatherings of 500 people or more and recommended practicing "social distancing" during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Despite daily reports that indicate the number of coronavirus cases is increasing, data released Monday suggests stay-at-home orders and business closures have helped reduce U.S. illnesses during the pandemic.

Data collected by thermometer manufacturer Kinsa Health reveals that the number of COVID-19-related fevers has fallen significantly since U.S. residents began limiting their outdoor excursions. “I’m very impressed by this,” says William Schaffner, a doctor at Vanderbilt University. “It looks like a way to prove that social distancing works. But it does shows that it takes the most restrictive measures to make a real difference.”

Currently, at least 248 million residents in 30 U.S. states are under stay-at-home orders.

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