As an employee of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), I have been following this pandemic to an obsessive level (it’s not healthy, I know). I have an interest in the outcome. The healthier everyone stays, the less work for me. It’s tempting to want to break free of our constraints and get back to life, but I assure you there is a method to the madness. So, let’s talk about what NC needs before we can start being released from our homes for Phase 1 of leaving quarantine. Get comfy and put your thinking cap on because I’m about to get my nerd on.