Social Distancing Could Be In Place Through The Entire Summer

(ConservativePeak.Com)- Some states may be working to re-open their economies, but the top doctors in the country still say that social distancing measures will need to be in place for some time.
Dr. Deborah Birx, who is the coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said some form of the practice will need to be in place through the entire summer. On a “Meet the Press” show on Sunday, Birx said:
“Social distancing will be with us through the summer to really ensure that we protect one another as we move through these phases.”
Birx also said additional testing would need to be put in place once a “breakthrough” in scientific research was achieved for coronavirus.
Her messaging seems to contradict the plans that many states are enacting now, and also puts a damper on the hope that large parts of traditional summer life — such as gatherings at parks, beaches and professional sporting events — will resume as normal soon.
States such as Georgia have begun to re-open their economies, and have allowed places of businesses such as nail salons and barber shops, where social distancing is all but impossible, to welcome customers again. But just because the states are allowing these businesses to re-open doesn’t necessarily mean that customers will follow in droves.
The chief infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine, Emily Landon, said it would be tough for her to decide what to do in that situation.
“It’s hard for me to know what I’d do,” she said. “I wouldn’t go [to those places of business]. And I wouldn’t recommend that my family went. I would recommend that people stay home.
“This is a brand-new virus, and we have to do these things in a measured way. Without requirements for things like [personal protective equipment], social distancing and really thoughtful policies for how to do these openings, it’s not the time to do them.”
Still, some states are plowing ahead by re-opening parts of their economies or making plans to do so in measured steps soon. One of those states is Oklahoma, and its Republican governor, Kevin Stitt, explained to Fox News his thinking behind re-opening:
“The facts in our state are: March 30, we peaked in hospitalizations, with 560 across the state. Today, we have 300 across the state in our hospitals. We think it’s time for a measured re-opening.
“I’m giving guidance. If a restaurant doesn’t feel like they’re ready to re-open, they don’t have to.”
In Oklahoma, pet groomers, barbers and salons were among businesses that were able to re-open last week. This Friday, restaurants will be allowed to re-open for patrons to dine in.
Even in hard-hit states such as New York, it’s possible that certain businesses in certain locations may be able to open in the near future. Governor Andrew Cuomo said manufacturing and construction businesses that are located outside of the New York City region could potentially re-open after May 15.
But how these businesses re-open, and how they operate once they do, will need to be with social distancing in mind, health experts say.