Editorial: Before we rush to re-open SC, we need solid improvement against coronavirus | COVID-19

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We can’t keep the economy in deep-freeze forever.

The federal government can’t keep borrowing money forever to keep the economy from collapsing.

And the more we learn about COVID-19, the more clear it becomes that it’s going to remain a significant public health threat until we have a vaccine. That won’t happen even in the most optimistic scenario before our current course caused an economic collapse that would send more people into joblessness and homelessness and starvation and death than the novel coronavirus ever would.

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But we can’t just arbitrarily decide to go back to “normal,” or even that “new normal” that we keep talking about but still haven’t quite defined.

Yet that’s precisely what is starting to happen.

You probably felt it over the past few days — that shift in the zeitgeist.

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One day we’re all huddled in our homes, zooming into online meetings,

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