With just a few months ahead of the United States in pandemic experience, Europe is years ahead in precautionary planning.

What Europeans have to their advantage is honesty and realism. Scientific data has been the preferred resource for planning as opposed to honing in on economic impacts that will have an inevitable impact on closing down domestic and international market activity.

The reality is that Europe has already begun reopening their cities, but at an appropriate volume and under certain conditions. Certain age and health demographics are exempt from partaking in the reopening as they run a higher risk of contracting the disease.

Data is used to traffic the levels at which countries will reduce their stay-at-home ordinances. The number of available hospital beds, testing kits, and regional increase in cases are all taken into account to calculate the appropriate number of people walking around. Case tracking is conducted by teams of 5 for every 20,000 cases in Europe, generating more consistent accuracy than what we are seeing in the United States.

Unlike the United States, the healthcare systems in EU countries are directly funded by their governments, allowing for the medical economy to remain stable. The United States healthcare has been undertaking immense financial hardship while struggling to accommodate for the near 2.6 million cases they’re faced with nationally.

Economic disparity from state and national lockdowns is inevitable at this point, but a nations health and economy run hand in hand. In order to restore security to the United States, the health of its citizens should become the focus.