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COVID-19 Cliffnotes: What’s going to happen and when will life return to normal

Many have asked, “When will social distancing end?”

A better ask: “What needs to happen so we can return to normal life?”

Plan trigger:

Phase One: Slow the Spread.

Should we wear masks?

When can Phase One end?

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Phase Two: Reopen, State by State.

Phase Two may lead back to Phase One, so states should take care not to give the impression that there is no need for preventative measures anymore.

When can Phase Two end?

Phase Three: Establish Protection Then Lift-All Restrictions.

Then, comes the most important part.
Phase Four: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Imagine a world where you had known about social distancing, curve flattening, and the steps, outlined here?

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after a pandemic will seem inadequate. This is the dilemma we face, but it should not stop us from doing what we can to prepare. We need to reach out to everyone with words that inform, but not inflame. We need to encourage everyone to prepare, but not panic.”

Michael O. Leavitt, 2007

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