The strange New Normal

The strange New Normal is here… and is probably here to stay.

The New Normal, according to various publications “is a previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, or expected.”

In the not so distant past, we have been operating according to some time-honored bureaucratic rules that are not pertinent anymore. The present COVID-19 crisis forces us to come up with new solutions that are more adapted to the present situation. It also encourages us to come up with practical answers instead of lamenting the past.

Presently, the medical profession is at the forefront of the battle against the disease. But it is being overwhelmed and can barely respond to the demand.

The New Normal demands that a sick person uses Telehealth instead of physically showing at the doctor’s office. No unnecessary direct contact. This is something that might endure in the future. It is by the way, already in use with Kaiser Permanente.

Also, of great interest…

Faced with the Covid-19 epidemic, three British outfits will try to apply a method already used to detect Parkinson’s disease.
British researchers will try to train dogs to detect the new coronavirus and identify sick people to help curb the spread of the disease, announced a specialized association on Friday 27 March. Huffpost

Many people are now working from home, and after the pandemic fades away, this practice might become more widespread. The employee saves time and reduces pollution by eschewing traffic. The employer benefits by reducing office space and paying less for rent. Meetings will also be held online.

In the future, children might not have to trek to schools every day. If online teaching succeeds, some parents might resolve to keep their children home. And they could decide what curriculum would (or should) be taught. This trend could also become the New Normal.

And don’t ever underestimate the clout and the financial weight of the dating business. To the despair of many, the Coronavirus has created havoc on online dating. Since people cannot meet physically anymore, the dating giants are launching Virtual Dating a system previously judged too invasive. People will now be able to communicate face to face prior to dating and exchange selfies instead of merely texting.
This new modus operandi will certainly remain in place after the virus is defeated.

So, be ready for the New Normal. It is already there and probably won’t leave after the war is over.

Alain

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