Sunday, May 10, 2020
[I]is the public health situation really all that different than when lockdowns began in March? According to epidemiologists, no. Although the situation varies from place to place, now, in general, doesn't appear to be the best time for Americans to return to close proximity to one another. While the toll of the pandemic has been immense -- there have been more than 76,000 recorded deaths in the United States as of May 8 -- the vast majority of the population still has not been infected, has no immunity, and is fully susceptible.
Epidemiologists' predictions for what will happen next are grim. "If we open up, and do exactly what we were doing in March, we're going to see a huge increase in cases," Eleanor Murray, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health, says. "We'll go back to that same exponential trajectory."
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