Heard in the news today that my locality will remain in lockdown. The logical next question is till when? And the official answer from the government is: until a 14-day downward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Understandably folks are getting antsy about staying at home, but I am actually okay with the provided answer. When my family members traveled back from out of state, they had to self quarantine for 14 days as part of staying-at-home order to ensure no infection.
In fact, I prefer the answer than the “date certain” which is the wrong answer. No one can predict the COVID-19 when will it be safe, let alone on a specific date. I know political pressures are mounting to re-open business. And I support a phased approach.
Something like: Phase One to re-open low-risk businesses first. Parks, manufacturing plants, and other low density facilities would be the targets. Wait for 5 to 6 weeks to see if the infection trends up, down or remains flat. Then Phase Two, and so on.
Re-opening needs to be implemented in a responsible way. With a systematic approach, social distancing, and testing, we can control and navigate our way back and minimize the COVID-19 fatalities at the same time.
Are you locked down still?