The way forward is measured by the degree to which we will listen to scientists and consideration for our neighbors. As mitigation measures are reduced in stages, weighing the effect will occur. Benign data would suggest relaxing further rules. Unfavorable data will result in a return to the previous step. In essence, we will live a social experiment in real-time with thousands of lives in the balance.
For the United States, the outcome will emanate from the battle between strident individualism and collective conscience that is unresolved over centuries. History suggests that in a time of turmoil, Americans answer the call for the greater good. We are individuals in peace and a triumphant team when tested. Since the fate of millions hangs in the balance, we hope that this time is not different. E Pluribus Unum.