The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has been the source of never-ending surprises, all of which have been very bad.

As cities and states across America slowly reopen for business, our leaders claim to be "following the science" as they lift restrictions.

The novel coronavirus, officially dubbed SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes (COVID-19) have continued to surprise all of us. And the surprises have been uniformly negative.

As of today, the American death toll from COVID-19 stands at more than 69,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

This article was originally published at Geopolitical Futures. The original is here.

The latest news on coronavirus has been mixed.

For social and economic reasons, the lockdown simply cannot last much longer. As the country begins to reopen, there will be several major unanswered questions, perhaps the biggest of which is, "Will there be a second wave of COVID-19?"

Like democracy, everybody wants to be on the side of science.

I'm continually struck by what our species is capable of.