CARLA K. JOHNSON, ADAM GELLER and ERIC OLSON
Things were so much clearer when just about everything was locked down.
Now, with states lifting their coronavirus restrictions piecemeal and according to their own, often arbitrary, timetables, Americans are facing a bewildering multitude of decisions about what they should and should not do to protect their health, their livelihoods and their fellow citizens.
Is it safe now to join the crowds at the beach or eat at a restaurant? To visit the elderly parents you haven't seen in nearly two months? To reopen a struggling business?
In many cases, the less-than-satisfying answer from the experts is: It depends.
"There will never be a perfect amount of protection," said Josh Santarpia, a microbiology expert at the University