Jim Dunn, Editor, Bureau County Republican
“Meet the new normal, same as the old normal,” to borrow some phraseology from The Who, Is what I was hoping for initially. The way the experts have talked in recent days, however, it looks like the “new normal” will still be filled with face masks and social distancing and gathering places that are off limits for some time to come.
The “new normal” likely will see less in-person human interaction, particularly with strangers, such as at sporting events, movie theaters and restaurants. Even if some of those places reopen, people vulnerable to the virus might stay away for safety’s sake. And that’s too bad.
This virus stinks. It’s claimed far too many lives. I hate it. I eagerly await the development of a vaccine to offer protection against it. And I hope, somewhere in the new normal, humankind reacts with greater intelligence against the next new virus, so “we don’t get fooled again.”