The start of the month of September hereby symbolizing the coming of Autumn has always been synonymously viewed as the return to school for all students at all levels of education following a Summer of frolic and life-remembering experiences. But today's start to September, 2020, is far from any resemblance of the Septembers of past years.
Across Europe, Asia, Canada, the United States (US) and other places, returning to school has in 2020 become a mixed bag of programs - modified in-person learning, to all virtual learning like my two school-aged sons in Washington, DC, and to hybrid methods. Reports have indicated that New York would start its Fall semester later than usual while utilizing in-person teaching two or three days a week. College students have also had to make major adaptations to college-life either on or off campus.
Robust back-to-school shopping sprees for clothing and shoes, accessories, stationary and necessary items have been fewer this year than in other years because of the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has gripped all four-spheres of humanity's world for the past eight months, has forced many adaptations from humans as large swaths of the globe are forced to cope with the persistence and prevalence of the Novel Coronavirus, which at the time of writing had infected 25,540,888 people worldwide and had killed 851,781, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. In the United States (US) infections have surpassed six-million and deaths have soared above 183,000.
COVID-19 is still very much in control of the modes of behavior for most of humanity. Coping with the reality of COVID-19 and making necessary adaptations needed to function as a vibrant species, are required steps to getting to the other side of the pandemic. Though there may be no return to what was considered normal prior to COVID-19, humanity should look forward to embracing a new-normal post pandemic.