First things first: It’s not yet time to end social distancing and go back to work and church and concerts and handshakes.
Public health experts say social distancing appears to be working, and letting up these measures too soon could be disastrous. Until there is a sustained reduction in new cases — and the coronavirus’ spread is clearly slowing — we need to stay the course.
Still, society can’t stay shut down forever. Public health and state leaders are starting to talk about how and when to relax social distancing guidelines, and President Trump is expected to soon announce finalized guidelines to help states make those decisions. Even then, it’s clear that life won’t go back to normal all at once. The decisions will be staggered, and a lot of it will come down to local and regional circumstances.