The Latest: All 50 states are reopening. What’s next?

Alexandra Sifferlin
Medium Coronavirus Blog
3 min readMay 20, 2020


Dear Reader,

As of today, all 50 states have begun reopening in some form. And there are more questions than answers when it comes to how to navigate a partially reopened country. Many of those questions are around travel: If you must move locations, how do you do it? Is it better to take public transportation or a ride-sharing service? If it’s a long distance, should you go on a road trip or take an airplane?

We have expert-backed answers for you (scroll down for thoughts about planes). Just FYI — no matter where you go, public bathrooms are going to be risky. Proceed with caution. 🚨

Oh, and yes, you should keep wearing a mask!

What’s new:

  • The CDC releases detailed reopening advice: A 60-page document provides guidance for schools, businesses, transit systems, and other industries hoping to reopen safely.
  • All 50 states have begun reopening plans: The plans are not consistent across the board, and some cities — like New York City — are still under tighter restrictions.
  • President Donald Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine: He says he began using the drug a couple weeks ago after consulting the White House physician. There’s no evidence it works to prevent or treat Covid-19.
  • Moderna reports positive early Covid-19 vaccine results: The company reported that its vaccine produced antibodies in 45 people in an early human study. People in one group produced antibody levels similar to those seen in blood samples from people who recovered from the disease. It’s too early to get excited, but it’s a step. (Read more.)

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Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog

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A quick Q&A:

If you have to travel, should you take a plane or car?
There is no risk-free way to travel long distances right now (and experts hold different opinions). But the safest way to travel is likely in your own car with people you’ve already been living with. However, if you have to make multiple stops — or use a public restroom — that increases your chances of infection. In some cases, the distance may make the decision easier. In any situation, try to stay spread apart from others, keep washing your hands, and wear your mask (and seat belt).

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Alexandra Sifferlin
Medium Coronavirus Blog

Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that