CNN  — 

It’s a gamble playing out across the country, and the stakes are unknown.

More than half of the states have started reopening, including many that have not met White House guidelines on when to do so. The big question now is whether the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths will surge.

But don’t be fooled: The numbers of new cases and deaths shortly after a state’s reopening aren’t reflective of those loosened restrictions. In fact, it takes several weeks for the effects of reopenings to emerge.

This virus’ incubation period – the time from when someone gets infected to when he or she starts showing symptoms – ranges from two to 14 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus can also be spread in public by people with no symptoms at all.