America Doesn’t Need One Strategy for Coronavirus. It Needs Many.

People wait in line to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus while wearing protective gear outside the Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, N.Y., March 25, 2020. (Stefan Jeremiah/Reuters)
We should separate our thinking about hotspots from our thinking about non-hotspots and adapt our responses accordingly.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Tuesday, President Trump made international headlines when he declared his hope that the American economy would broadly reopen by April 12 — Easter Sunday. The stock markets, buoyed as well by positive developments in negotiations for a federal relief package, surged. The projection was no doubt comforting to the millions of American families juggling the sudden cancellation of school with new remote-work obligations or, worse, pink slips.

But many, including the president’s frequent adversaries in the press, expressed skepticism that the physicians and scientists on the White House coronavirus task force agree with this timeline. They pointed to the continued …

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Jonathan Ellen is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and public-health academic who previously served as the CEO of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

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