The federal government needs to make a decision about when we are going to free up the economy, and it needs to have done it yesterday.

Government action in response to the coronavirus is crippling our economy, destroying jobs, and risking a prolonged recession. The only thing that will stop the destruction is for our leadership to give Americans a very clear mission — and a quick date certain by which to carry it out — to get the health-care situation under control and get our economy back to normal. We need a coronavirus “D-Day” in a matter of weeks, not months, to beat the virus and save our economy. The clock is ticking.

Our respective governments — federal, state, and local — are asking us, with good reason, to practice “social distancing” in order to contain the spread of the virus. In particular, we are distancing ourselves and taking other measures (hand-washing, sanitizing, etc.) to protect our seniors and those who are immunocompromised.