First the testing, then the rollout

In the weekend’s WSJ/NBC poll, 75% of respondents said they remain worried that either they or a family member would contract the virus. The best way to assuage those fears is through widespread testing.

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April 21, 2020 - 8:03 AM

A Wall Street sign is pictured outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo - RTSHUXE

A recent poll shows 60% of Americans want their leaders to be prudent in decisions to reopen places of business as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be easing its grip.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey shows a majority of Americans are not in a great hurry to open the economy as long as the virus presents an imminent threat to their health. Their concern is that by throwing the doors open, the pandemic will resurge. In Kansas, the number of reported cases continue to increase. Two weeks ago, the number of cases that tested positive averaged 75 a day. This last week, the number jumped to 100 a day. To date, Kansas is nudging 2,000 cases with 100 deaths.

The U.S. death toll from the pandemic is 41,115, with the virus quickly overcoming heart disease as the leading cause of the death. Cancer was left in the dust weeks ago. 

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