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Adaptive Response

When we think of reopening society, it’s about easing the faucet, not opening the floodgates. We created a visual and factsheets on when to loosen and when to tighten physical distancing based on the disease curve.

Rendering of the 2019-nCoV virion. Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/REUTERS

April 1, 2020

It’s completely understandable that everyone wants to know, “When can we go out again.” But the question we must answer is: “What do we have to do, right now, so we reopen as soon and safely as possible?”

A key concept is that we need to reopen the faucet gradually, not allow the floodgates to reopen. We can then loosen or tighten physical distancing according to levels of virus transmission, healthcare preparedness and public health capacity.

Download the Fact Sheets on When to Loosen and When to Tighten

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