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There are some in our society who prefer continuing social distancing until a vaccine or viable treatment is in place. Others want to reopen more quickly to prevent irreversible economic damage. 

At some point, our society needs to work its way back towards normalcy, which will take time, caution, and patience. Society cannot hide and hope this will pass. Americans never run from challenges. 

Understandably, there needs to be safeguards put in place before opening back up, which our leaders at all levels understand and work tirelessly to complete. 

People who are getting paychecks and are able to work remotely naturally support longer containment. People forced to file for unemployment and deplete savings strongly want to return to work. 

Few, if any, problems can be solved in our society by choosing a side and running towards it. Balanced approaches need to consider possible mitigation techniques and what level of risk is acceptable. 

Many states, if not all, are well beyond the peak. There is a need to responsibly move towards normalcy. Now, there is more data available to help facilitate these decisions. 

Data from covid-19 testing as well as antibody testing will help policymakers better understand which segments of the population can resume some level of normal life and which ones need further protective measures. 

New data shows policymakers that many of the new positive tests are coming from people social distancing rules and remotely working, which shows a need to retool a bit.

The data will also help decision makers understand not only the projected infected population, but also who in that population made up the severe cases, which is the population policymakers are worried about. 

Leaders at every level will be able to understand who in the communities are more likely to require hospitalization if infected and what their readiness levels are. This can influence reopening decisions. 

All want our leaders to listen to the scientists, which they are. They need to listen to all scientists, including economists as well. Poverty is a significant public health issue as well. 

Waiting for a vaccine is hope not effective public policies. There are many infections causing global pandemics which the world’s best researchers have yet to discover an effective vaccine for. 

From daily news, people see the risks and dangers of the coronavirus. But people do not really understand the likelihood of those risks. There is a perspective issue created by a lack of information. 

As more data is analyzed, policymakers as well as employers can better shape a path forward for both society and organizations that employ the masses. 

Some organizations may find it beneficial to continue to keep their workers remote, reducing risk and possibly infrastructure cost, as less office space may be needed. 

Others may need to find ways to innovate until behaviors return to normal. Retail, entertainment, and personal services all will need to complete deep dive analysis on how to keep workers and customers safe. 

In the midst of national tragedy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that Americans have nothing fear but fear itself. Information will help us fight fear with knowledge, perspective, and rationality. 

Our society faced challenges before. Innovating when needed and emerging stronger than before. Safe to assume that will be the case again. Change is a given in life. 

Our strongly held values of freedom, self-determination, community, and opportunity should guide us. Strife may change how we do things. It should not change the good in us. Only bring it out.