Dr. Thomas Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, identified 5 major conditions that need to be met before we can consider relaxing social distancing.
1. A state or a region have numbers go down over time.
2. When we have diagnostics in place.
3. Masks available for all doctors and nurses.
4. When hospitals are well prepared.
5. When public health systems are in place to start tracing or identifying individuals and start tracing their contacts.
Inglesby noted that a lot of the necessary information remains unknown, which makes it “hard to predict” a date for this, but pointed to the need for greater resources for medical professionals and signs of fewer cases in at least part of the country as necessary factors before life starts to go back to normal.