Numbers expert says California should reopen economy slowly or else “dam will burst”

“We need to start reopening. If not, the dam will eventually burst, and people will reopen the economy as quickly as it was slammed shut.” Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine, is making his case on Twitter for why California should reopen soon. Noymer has been tracking the number of novel coronavirus cases and fatalities in the U.S. He was initially “apprehensive” about reopening California since cases of novel coronavirus in the state continue to rise, but now Noymer says California should open “Slowly. Gradually. Smartly.”