n an earlier editorial, we admitted that it’s easier to analyze the future if it’s already playing out in your front yard.

Nevertheless, highly skilled reporters can spot trends, gather authentic information and paint pictures of the months ahead.

Three Politico journalists have published some important signposts that could be a value to everyone. They are Dan Goldberg, Alice Miranda Ollsten and Brianna Ehley. In a lengthy article, they have given readers some special items that may help humans navigate through the months ahead.

They attempted to answer the question “how will we really know when it’s safe to do all the normal things again?”

Their road map is made up of five story lines that will reveal whether America has turned the corner.

1. Testing and contact tracing need to grow dramatically. The nation’s underfunded public health system is still building up tools to make sure new infections don’t blow up it.

The United States is now running about 400,000 tests a day. That’s short of the 30 million per week that some experts say is needed to quickly detect new hot spots and contain disease spread.

2. Businesses will have to show their virus savvy. They must quickly transform to reassure nervous customers.

3 Consumer demand: You can reopen, but will people show up? Most consumers aren’t expecting a return to normalcy anytime soon. Businesses and government will have to temper their expectations so the public understands its new comfort zone.

4. “Governors and mayors can declare their state or city open for business all they want, but ultimately the consumer decides,” — Joseph Allen, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health professor. Leading public health of officials caution against a false sense of security. 

5. How will Trump message the crisis? Even as roughly 20,000 new infections are reported each day, Trump has repeatedly urged faster re-openings, believing his reelection chances depend on a rapid economic recovery.

CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview the U.S. public health system has been historically underfunded and that it will be left to private testing labs like Quest and LabCorp to continue scaling up capacity.

Redfield want a workforce of between 30,000 and 100,000 contact tracers.

The problems could continue if states lose the support of tens of thousands of federally funded National Guard troops who have been doing testing, contact tracing, as well as delivering food to people in quarantine and decontaminating nursing homes.

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