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Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, and several UNC Health experts offer insights on various real-life aspects of living through a pandemic as the state and country “re-open.”

Being in full lockdown mode—sheltering at home, with most businesses closed—might have been frustrating, but at least the ground rules were clear. You went somewhere or did something only if you absolutely had to.

Now, as public life reopens and summer activities beckon, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic isn’t over. We don’t yet have an effective treatment or a vaccine, but everyone is eager to get back to some semblance of normalcy.

So what’s OK to do, and what’s not?

There are no black-and-white answers, the experts say. You have to examine what matters to you.

“I have had many friends and family members ask me, can I do this, or should I do this?” says Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention. “As we begin to reintroduce interactions back into our lives, I think it’s important for everyone to consider what’s most important to them, because we can’t go back to doing all things at once.”

Read full story here, which features links to several other articles related to real-life questions regarding living through a pandemic.