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Phasing into a New Normal - Easing COVID-19 Restraints

Jurisdictions across the globe have begun the supposed cautious process of lifting social and economic restrictions that were imposed to contain the Novel Coronavirus and its pandemic disease - COVID-19.

Yet, as worldwide infections from the highly contagious pathogen exceed 5.5 million people and with deaths approaching 350,000, these gruesome figures serve as representations that the pandemic remains a clear and present danger to humanity.

Economic pressures and social irritabilities have combined to push jurisdictions to start re-openings of communities even as the spread of COVID-19 remains wide. With deaths in the United States (US) nearing 100,000 from upward of 1.6 million infections and with increasing infections reported in Brazil, Russia, Peru, India and elsewhere, some rational and cautious national, state and city governments, have opted to forego full blown re-openings in deference for phased in operations and activities.

These sensible phased in measures that clearly temper the reliability of science with the responsibility of public health, offer an insight into the new normal for humanity in the post COVID-19 era.

This morning's re-entry of traders onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after a two-months hiatus to help contain the spread of the disease in hard hit New York City, New York, provided a snapshot of a new normal in the US - wearing facial masks, social distancing and a reduction in capacities for work places. Just 25% of traders were allowed on the flood of the exchange as part of New York State's science-guided phased re-opening.

As more stay-at-home orders are rescinded as economic activity is re-fired, much of humanity should come to grips with new norms across multiple facets of life. 

From work, to education, to worship, to entertainment, to vacationing, to shopping, and to other activities in communities, new norms - those rooted in science with the public health at heart, should be embraced and not resisted or diluted in fallible political rhetoric.