COVID is not just going away – poof! That’s a given.
If and when an effective vaccine is developed (and that’s by no means an absolute certainty) there’s still manufacturing it, distributing it, getting
everyone enough people to take it, etc. – let’s not pin our hopes on that happening on a mass scale any time soon. And that subject is already being thoroughly discussed in the Breaking News thread.
I’m asking how and when you think life will return to anything approaching “normal” – or will it? By normal I mean kids sitting in classrooms, people going work, riding buses/subways, eating in restaurants, attending sports events, hosting parties, dinners, and book clubs in your living room, singing in the choir (my most painful loss ). I’m guessing hugging and handshaking could be out permanently – or at least for a generation. Will we be wearing masks a year from now? I think we will.
I’d like to hear optimistic and pessimistic (i.e., realistic) speculation about the shape of our daily lives long-term. Discuss “herd immunity,” if you can give it a realistic foundation. What does our future New Normal look like, 2021 and beyond?