Some states around the country have begun to ease their restrictions regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 and started or plan to reopen businesses, but are there possible risks to this?
In certain states, businesses like hair and nail salons, barbers, gyms, and even bowling alleys are scheduled to open again this week (get a list of when all 50 states plan to reopen after coronavirus restrictions). Social distancing rules and face masks will still be required in many of those states when the reopenings occur, but many are questioning this choice to reopen so soon and warn about possibly prolonging the pandemic.
"I'm worried that we are going to see a resurgence in the number of people becoming infected," Dr. Sanjay Gupta told CNN. "The virus is still out there." He notes the reason there has been a decline in new cases in some areas is due to measures like social distancing and the closure of businesses and warns we should not let our guard down.
He questions how it will be possible to maintain proper social distancing in many of these places slated to reopen. He calls these reopenings, "too soon."
Dr. Gupta also expresses serious concern about people dining in restaurants, where being seated near others can potentially lead to transmission among the patrons if someone is positive for COVID-19. He says "prolonged sitting" and "prolonged contact" has been shown to be a possible way of transmission of the virus in restaurants if someone is nearby and positive for the virus.
He adds, "This is a really contagious virus. That has not changed," explaining he worries about new infections, new hospitalizations, and possibly more deaths as a result.
According to a poll from The Huffington Post and YouGov, 86 percent of Americans said they staying home as much as possible, and about 65 percent said they will continue to stay home even if all restrictions were lifted in their respective areas.
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