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The New Normal - What to Expect
Posted on May 21st, 2020
At first, social or physical distancing represented the main way to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. While that remains an important strategy, public health experts have begun to look ahead at new tactics and tools.
On April 22, the White House introduced a plan for reopening the country. And several prominent groups of experts — including those from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Enterprise Institute — have also released recommendations for how to move forward.
All of these plans use scientific data to guide next steps. Each emphasizes the importance of reopening the country slowly as testing becomes more widespread, case numbers decline and hospitals can handle those who are sick. Otherwise, some of the progress we’ve made to fight the virus may be reversed, they warn.
Already, some areas of the country have begun moving to reopen in phases, yet much remains uncertain. And specifics will look different by state. Here is some of what public health experts believe we can expect, from summer and beyond.