Illinois imposed a swift lockdown, while Iowa never ordered residents to stay home. A comparison of bordering counties reveals the price Iowa paid.

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A new study compares coronavirus cases in Iowa, which never imposed a stay-at-home order, to cases in Illinois, where officials implemented a swift lockdown. The researchers concluded that a stay-at-home order might have prevented around 30% of cases in Iowa’s border counties from March 21 to April 20.  Illinois’s lockdown, meanwhile, likely helped limit infections in the state. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Iowa is one of the five US states that never imposed a statewide stay-at-home order. A new study suggests it probably should have.

The research compares daily coronavirus cases across eight

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