According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, parts of the U.S. economy could have a "rolling reentry" as early as May as long as health officials are able to quickly and accurately identify and quarantine those who will more than likely be infected with COVID-19 during the process
Fauci said he believes that a gradual reopening of the country will be required based on the status of the pandemic in certain parts of the United States and the accessibility of quick testing. He said this process can begin as early as May for some parts of the country.
"We are hoping that, at the end of the month, we could look around and say, OK, is there any element here that we can safely and cautiously start pulling back on? If so, do it. If not, then just continue to hunker down," Fauci said Sunday.
The decision to slowly reopen the country is not unilateral, however. State governors will be highly influential in deciding when and how to ease restrictions in their states.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the risks of reopening too soon are extremely high.
"I fear, if we open up too early, and we have not sufficiently made that health recovery and cracked the back of this virus, that we could be pouring gasoline on the fire, even inadvertently," Murphy said.
Fauci said he is also aware of the possibility that only some states are ready to reopen.
"Maybe some states can open up mid-May but we have to be very careful and make sure we don't lose all the effort the American people have put into closures by premature opening," Fauci said.