COVID-19 creates the “new” normal

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Eleanor, Staff Writer

COVID-19’s unprecedented effects are causing a dramatic change in the world as we know it.

The past few months could be considered a roller coaster to say the least. Schools shutting down. Cities on lockdown. Travel Bans. Uncertainty seems to lie ahead, but scientists seem to have some ideas on what is to come. 

“What we’re doing right now is definitely worth it,” said Alex Perkins, an epidemiologist at the University of Notre Dame studying the trajectory of the pandemic, according to an article from the New York Times. “Hopefully we’ll start to see some benefits, but we also have to recognize that we’re going to have to continue to adapt to this situation for the foreseeable future.”

Many experts have their own ideas on what the future brings, ideas range from telemedicine to a greater sense of community. 

 “It means businesses looking at increasing teleworking, more Zoom meetings, and some of those things,” said Rachael Banks, the public health director of Multnomah County, according to an article from KATU. “I think, will be with us for some time.” 

Although masks used to be seen as something hardly ever worn in public that very few people owned, and if seen could cause people to become uncomfortable but soon they will become a staple in people’s wardrobes, according to scientists.

“Face masks will be most effective at slowing the spread . . . if they are widely used, because they may help prevent people who are asymptomatically infected from transmitting the disease unknowingly,” according to  the American Enterprise Institute.

Items that in the past would seem as not necessaary or needed in surplus are now becoming more important than ever, masks, toilet paper, Lysol wipes, and hand sanitizer are just a few. Currently states are beginning to reopen, but nothing is even close to how things were just a few short months ago. 

“The reopenings — which in some cases have gone against the advice of public health experts” said Sarah Mervosh, a reportor for the New York Times, according to an article from the New York Times. “Reopenings are happening piecemeal even as the number of new cases increases or remains steady across many states, leading to both pushback and confusion.” 

Scientists and health officials work on precautions and ways to reopen the economy, but with the unexpected months to come everyday life will be altered until a vaccine comes into play. 

“Things are just going to be different,” said Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, according CNN. “And that’s the sad truth.”

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