s rates of coronavirus infection slow and death rates appear to plateau in certain regions of the U.S., the national conversation has begun to contemplate what life will look like once it is safer to gradually begin to return to pre-shutdown life. Political and business leaders are eager to reopen the country and restart the economy. But rates of infection and daily death tolls don’t tell us the critical data point that we need in order to reopen shopping malls, sports stadiums, and schools: how many Americans have developed immunity to the virus. For a virus that can spread from people who may not show symptoms, this means that we won’t be safe to resume “normal” levels of social interaction until virtually all Americans are immune, either because they’ve been vaccinated, or have developed protective antibodies after natural infection.

 

 

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