Reopening In The Coronavirus Era: How To Adapt To A New Normal

But if it's not essential, you might want to think twice right now.

"People who absolutely don't have to travel should avoid doing it," said Plescia.

Q: Worship services are important to me. What precautions should be considered?

A: The distance rule applies as houses of worship consider reopening. "As much as you can within religious rules, try to avoid contact," said Benjamin.

He is not giving any advice on Holy Communion, saying that is up to religious leaders. But, he noted, "drinking from the same cup raises the risk if a person is sick or items are touched by anyone who is sick."

Finally, keep in mind that much is being learned about the virus every day, from treatments to side effects to how it spreads.

"My own personal approach is, try to play it on the cautious side a bit longer," said Plescia.

Castel agreed.

"We need a little more time to fully understand how COVID-19 works and more time to ramp up our testing, find treatments and hopefully a vaccine," she said. "We all have social distancing fatigue. But we can continue to save lives by doing this." ___ (Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.) ___ (c)2020 Kaiser Health News Visit Kaiser Health News at www.khn.org Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ PHOTOS (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Reopening

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