Government officials have a precarious tightrope to walk regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Shutting down an economy is not an easy thing to do, but the consequences of letting a deadly virus run rampant were unacceptable. One study has shown that shutting down and restricting people's movement as much as possible was the right choice, and likely prevented at least 60 million infections just in the U.S.
Nevertheless, after six weeks of shutdown, many states were eager to get people back to work and started making plans to re-open businesses as much as possible. Although public health officials worried that states might be re-opening too soon, many forged ahead all the same. Now, just a couple of weeks after the Memorial Day long weekend, it looks like the public health officials were right to worry.
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