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In some ways, shutting it all down was the easy part. Now government leaders must look ahead, toward the gradual reopening of public life—and the extraordinary tangle of moral and economic concerns that accompany it.
In the U.S., states lack the testing necessary to justify their reopening, which public-health officials warn will cost lives. But some are considering it anyway.
Here’s where things currently stand:
Georgia’s governor just went all in on reopening—a decision even Trump condemned. The aggressive choice “puts much of the state’s working class in an impossible bind: risk death at work, or risk ruining yourself financially at home,” Amanda Mull, who spoke with dozens of local residents for this story, reports.
States red and blue alike are beginning to test the waters. “Americans are not going to wait for sufficient testing. So what happens next?” Juliette Kayyem, a former Department of Homeland Security official, asks.
Meanwhile, Europe is facing the same terrible moral choices. “Negotiating between lives and livelihoods is not only a political and economic issue,” our staff writer Rachel Donadio reports from her home in Paris. “It’s a philosophical one, with consequences that will resonate for years to come.”
One question, answered: Why do researchers know so little about the coronavirus?