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Medical Expert: Gov. Newsom's 6-Part Plan To Reopen California Is Great, With One Caveat

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Earlier today Gov. Gavin Newsom talked about how we, as a state, might be able to end the stay-at-home order we've been living under for four weeks now and return to some version of normal life.

He mentioned a couple of goals we'd have to achieve in order to make that happen, including a way to closely track potential cases and the implementation of strict guidelines to insure that schools, restaurants and other business could reopen while mainting proper social distancing. The transition, Newsom said, will not be quick or easy, and it will not be a return to the way things were before. But he remained cautiously optimistic. "This is one place where science, where public health — not politics — must be the guide," he said.

Jeremy Green, a professor of medicine and the history of medicine at John Hopkins University, approved of the plan, saying it was very well laid-out.

"I think [the Governor's speech] really helped all the listeners think through all of the work it would really take to begin to ease the lockdown and get back towards something more like a normal life," he said.

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He did question, though, how the state would handle a return to normalcy without a vaccine.

"The question for me really is: What do we do in the absence of this vaccine or therapeutic entities emerging? ... How do we enter a state that is in between lockdown and liberty? ... How do we reimagine public spaces like workplaces and schools in a way that can restart activity while maintaining new forms of additional safety? This is really the challenge of imagining an open space that is not as open as we're used to."

Green also suggested that when thinking of "vulnerable" populations, we should broaden our definition to include not just the elderly, the incarcerated or the uninsured, but also those in the middle class who might have "fallen through the cracks."


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