Bridget K. McCabe, MD, MPH, FAAP
Medical Director of Clinical Quality and Informatics, Teladoc Health
It’s recommended that COVID-19 cases remain on a steady decline for 14 days before having areas relax the stay-at-home orders. The reason for declining cases is that public health systems can start to quickly identify new cases and do contact tracing to prevent further spread. The challenge is that one area may have a decline while a neighboring area may not have met the criteria for declining cases. And, if one area opens up while the neighboring area does not, you still have issues around people traveling between areas and being a source of COVID-19 spread.
As you evaluate going out in public again, my advice is to be conservative. Go slow with decisions to re-enter into day care, summer camp and other basic things we do in life. It will take about two weeks or more to see how COVID-19 spreads after an area makes a change.
When I assess for any in-person activity for my family, there are a few things I take into consideration. Here are some questions to consider:
We all know that we won’t go back to our usual routines, so we will have to start to understand how we will function in the “new normal.” As a parent and pediatrician, I am assessing this daily and currently waiting to see how the slow re-opening is affecting my area.
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