President Donald Trump has indicated many states can reopen by May 1. Here’s the latest on where some stand in their plans to reopen.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to upend life as we know it. According to CNN, more than 71,000 Americans have died, millions have filed for unemployment, and worries for the economy and people’s mental health is an urgent matter, nevertheless, some states are planning on reopening their economies and getting their people back to work with safety measures.
Much is at stake in the reopenings, experts say, warning that reopening too soon could lead to a devastating second wave, per The New York Times, the tensions between urban and rural areas and apprehensions from business owners and the public, for example.
“It’s clearly a life-or-death-sort-of-level decision,” said Dr. Larry Chang, an infectious-diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins University. “If you get this wrong, many more people will die. It’s as simple as that.”
According to CNBC, states in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast have formed coalitions to usher in a regional recovery. Other states have faced criticism for already allowing nonessential businesses to resume in-person operations. Some governors have yet to release any sort of reopening plan, but the truth is that this reopening process will happen much more slowly than any of us would like.
President Trump unveiled a three
It’s a gamble playing out across the country, and the stakes are unknown, writes Holly Yan for CNN. “It will be at least two to three weeks before we see an increase in the number of infections because it takes time for individuals to infect others and for them to display symptoms,” said data scientist Youyang Gu, whose coronavirus projection model is cited by the CDC.
This is part of the reopening tracker:
Green: Green means go…with extreme caution. Governments have allowed many nonessential businesses to reopen (with heavy restrictions) in these states.
Yellow: Restrictions will start to ease in the next week or two.
Blue: Broader reopenings have a slightly longer timeline than the yellow states, but there’s movement and already some easing of lockdowns.
Gray: These states are still watching, waiting before putting more aggressive opening plans into place.