There Is No Normal Life. There's Just Life.

Kim Dixon

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With daily hysteria from legacy and social media, the narrative that there will be no going back to pre-Covid 19 normal is becoming Elmo-level hyperbole. This week the notion emerged that normal, as we knew it, is over. At a press conference on Monday, Dr. Fauci said at some point we will be able to "function as a society. But . . . if you want to get to pre-coronavirus, that might not ever happen in the sense that the threat is there."

Dr. Fauci is 100% correct. Whenever something new is introduced to life, what was normal before that "something" changes. This is common sense; however, saying this truth during a Coronavirus Task Force briefing in the manner in which it was said (i.e. function as a society), is being blown way out of proportion. It would have been better for Fauci to model his rhetoric after a fictional Val Kilmer version of a former dentist, gunslinger, and gambler and simply say, "There is no normal life . . . It's just life. Get on with it."

As a country, we've done what the medical community has advised for the most part. The majority of us are staying home. We've given the experts time to collect data about the real effects of this virus instead of overwhelming hospitals as the models predicted. Whether the models are faulty due to a high response of self quarantining or due to incorrect data from countries that experienced the virus first, there's no doubt that things aren't as bad as originally predicted.

Now it's time to get on with life, taking the new "normal" precautions to limit the risk of death to those shown to be most vulnerable to serious illness. It's time to pivot to measures that will make people feel safe so they will engage with the economy and get back to work as soon as possible.

It's time to switch mentalities to "if we're going through hell, the best thing is to keep going." With an increase in therapeutics, life can go on. With the development of a vaccine, life can go on much better but given that the Chinese wet markets are up and running again, the risk of future virus pandemics is almost a given, putting preparation for the next virus at the top of any federal and state medical readiness list.

The hot spots may keep popping up and we can have that hammer mentality smashing every nail that arises but what we can't do is slump into a mental and physical depression over any virus. Like the good senator from Louisiana has said, "It probably will get slightly worse before it gets better. I’m not one of these people who believes that we’re going to have 20% and 30% unemployment and we’re all going to die and we’re all going to be living in the desert eating cat food."

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