As state governments continue to unveil a patchwork of plans to gradually reopen the American economy, the question that looms in the coming weeks is whether increased resident mobility leads to a surge in new coronavirus cases.
And that question will likely be answered soon. The majority of states are moving forward with phased-in approaches that often vary by county and city.
The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is projecting the U.S. to be entering the downward slope of the curve of deaths per day. Still, as of Thursday, the IHME is forecasting the U.S. to suffer 147,040 coronavirus deaths by Aug. 4. The IHME increased that figure, however, by 10,000 just from Monday’s projection.
“I would love to be able to open everything up tomorrow,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. “But that would be an incredibly irresponsible thing to do.”
Soaring unemployment and economic stagnancy has spawned