Patients at a Covid-19 vaccination site in Texas. Experts worry states are being too hasty about reopening, which could prolong the pandemic. | Go Nakamura/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The risks of reopening too quickly, explained.
It’s the season, it seems, for proclaiming premature victory in the war against Covid-19.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) all but declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be over on Tuesday afternoon: He announced he was lifting the mask mandate he put in place last summer and rolling back pandemic-related restrictions so businesses could return to full operations.
“Texas is OPEN 100%,” Abbott tweeted. “EVERYTHING.”
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
A few minutes later, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) announced that he’d be doing the same thing,
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