I keep hearing Trump talk about how life will return to normal. My daughter today sent me an article with Steve Mnuchin stating the possibility of businesses opening next month. Signs are showing the curve is flattening, but why don’t I feel come next month everything will be back to business as usual. Where we are able to return to hanging out with friends and family, going to the movies, or attending concerts and finally going back to work. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to the life I had before COVID-19 and while millions of Americans have lost their jobs, I didn’t, I was lucky.
So why am I so hesitant and concerned about this “return to normal life”? First, there’s still no cure for this virus. Heck, we don’t even have a vaccine that will minimize the effects of the virus. Second, the US has yet to test at least half of our population, so the potential of a resurgence could happen. I acknowledge we need to return to some sense of normalcy eventually. But changes need to be made before we declare “Open for Business” again. The government should declare a mandatory requirement to wear a face mask. Businesses need to come up with better ways to protect their workers, especially those who interact directly with customers. We still need to continue to practice safe distancing and frequent handwashing. Finally, group gatherings should continue to be prohibited.