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What will it take to return to normal? Passing peaks, more COVID-19 tests

How long will it be before life can get back to normal? And what does normal look like in a world that will still be battling coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, shares what’s needed before we can consider reversing stay-at-home orders.

How long the disruption from COVID-19 will last?

Before we lift restrictions, we have assure that we pass the peak of new infections – that the total number of cases in the community has decreased so that the risk of new infections is lower. We also have to assure that our ability to test has been expanded enough that we can catch new infections early as well as identify those people who are already immune or may have already recovered from coronavirus.

Getting back to normal is going to be a slow and gradual process. We have to be cautious, or this virus is going to come roaring back and we’ll be right back where we started.

What do we do in the meantime?

Keep practicing your social distance.

Keep working on your hand hygiene.

And keep wearing those cloth masks in public.