Here Are the States Where Reopening Is Riskiest

(Bloomberg Opinion) — More than a dozen states loosened lockdowns in the past week even though many have yet to fully control the spread of Covid-19. The consequences won’t be visible in the data on infections for some time, because loosened state restrictions take time to generate more human contacts and infections, the coronavirus takes time to incubate, and tests take time to process. Yet there’s already reason to worry that several states are reopening too soon.The case against loosening restrictions before outbreaks are well-controlled is dead simple: When there is a higher base level of infection in a population, it takes fewer interactions between individuals to spread the virus. That makes every step taken to mitigate the spread less effective, and

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