Government leaders: WE’RE OPEN AGAIN! Health officials: oh, God.

The New York Times reports that coronavirus cases are skyrocketing, but that’s not stopped government leaders from near and far from reopening. And health officials are fearful of what might come next.

While infection rates in the hardest-hit cities in United States and Europe may have slowed, the virus remains deeply woven into the fabric of the world. Indeed, the global peak of infection may still be months away.

In the absence of a vaccine or even effective treatments, the only proven strategy against the coronavirus to date has been limiting human contact. Cities around the world have done just that, reaping the benefits as new infections dwindled and then gingerly lifting movement restrictions.

But it is not that simple. In the longer term, as outbreaks wax and wane, public health officials say, there might need to be a period of repeated closings and openings. And that could prove a much harder sell.

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