I'm not gonna lie. I'm not scared. I'm cautious. I don't want to die. I don't want to catch this thing. I don't want it for me or my family nor you and your family. It's nasty business and you can ask any healthcare worker on the front lines about their days and nights. The cases and bodies.

I am not in a rush to get back out there so quickly. And I know. The economy, jobs, we gotta get back to work, small businesses. I get it. I truly do. But I am also a people and lives and your mental health over trying to rush back over dollars. I'm not getting political. I ain't blaming anyone. I'm just not ready to move so quickly or get back out there and back at it.

I also don't think people are taking it serious enough. I've seen people complaining about being cooped up and having to wear a mask to go into a store. And the numbers aren't real and this thing isn't real and...

The news cycle and everything is oppressive. And I work in the media. I'm screaming inside, "WHY ARE Y'ALL RUSHING TO RUN OUT OUT THERE AND POSSIBLY DIE?!?"

I worry about someone giving it to my mom. About me getting it from someone out there and passing it on to my mom or dad. And losing them to this.

Even when they start relaxing stuff and saying we can start moving back to whatever normal is, I'm gonna still hunker down and let others go first to see if it's safe. Sorry. If you wanna get out there so bad and so fast, I'll let you go. I won't stand in your way. And I'll watch.

THE BRAINS (University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation or IHME) SAY THIS.

When it comes to "When Is It Safe to Ease Social Distancing", please, click on the link and peep the entire article on NPR.

What is the maximum number of new infections that states could handle with their current testing and contact tracing capacity?

IHME's answer: 1 new infection per million people in a given state.

Modelers from the University of Washington are estimating when COVID-19 infections fall below one case per 1 million people. At that point, easing social distancing restrictions may be possible with containment strategies that include testing, contact tracing, isolation and limiting sizes of gatherings. (NPR)

And according to the model that these folks built and the criteria they set forth for dates to ease social distancing, they said they didn't think very many states were close.

For a chart of the projected date for each state, scroll below or click here.

Data as of April 27

MAY
MAY 10West Virginia
MAY 11Hawaii
MAY 13North Carolina
MAY 16Ohio
MAY 17Vermont
MAY 18Montana, New Hampshire
MAY 19Idaho, Maine
MAY 20California, Delaware
MAY 21Illinois, Michigan
MAY 22Alabama, Indiana
MAY 23Nevada, Wisconsin
MAY 24Tennessee
MAY 26Louisiana
MAY 27District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
MAY 28New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
MAY 30Washington
MAY 31Oregon, Wyoming
JUNE
JUNE 1Colorado, Mississippi
JUNE 3New Mexico
JUNE 7Minnesota
JUNE 13South Carolina
JUNE 15Texas
JUNE 17Connecticut, Missouri
JUNE 21Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
JUNE 22Kentucky
JUNE 28Arkansas, Georgia
JUNE 29Kansas
JULY
JULY 1Iowa
JULY 2South Dakota
JULY 6Arizona
JULY 7Utah
JULY 8Nebraska
JULY 20North Dakota

Notes

Projections for Alaska and Oklahoma are unavailable in the latest data update.

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington

Credit: Stephanie Adeline/NPR