Coronavirus crisis: Mr. President, governors, don’t pick a date. Look at the data.
Evie Cai, Sten Vermund and Howard P. Forman, Opinion contributors Published 6:00 a.m. ET April 1, 2020 | Updated 4:18 p.m. ET April 1, 2020CLOSE President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rises in the U.S. WochitWe know it’s hard to keep the faith when millions of Americans are separated from one another and out of work, but opening now won’t help matters.President Donald Trump declared that he wants the country “opened up” by Easter Sunday, April 12, a date cited without data-driven projections but thought to be “beautiful time.” Policy experts, such as National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, reacted to the statement with alarm, calling it an “aspirational projection.” Happily, the president modified his pronouncement, now suggesting physical distancing through the month of April.Still, how will the country know when coronavirus is no longer a threat? The answer: Lawmakers must make policy decisions in the same way they drive cars.Think of coronavirus like a car, while a policy change, such as a countrywide or regional shutdown, acts like a brake. In the past few months, world governments have implemented unprecedented measures to combat COVID-19.