πŸ“‘ After Social Distancing, a Strange Purgatory Awaits

Bookmarked After Social Distancing, a Strange Purgatory Awaits (The Atlantic)

Adaptive recovery is like living through evolution in real time. We will swerve and pivot, become acclimated to random closures and sudden changes in testing regimens, and hope that we can box the virus in long enough to buy time for a more permanent solution.

Juliette Kayyem discusses what life in the dance may be like and the new norms that we will learn to accept, such as temperature-screening stations at public venues, face shields and tracking.

The problem is that a pandemic is not a usual disaster.

Changes like these are only the beginning. After most disasters, recovery occurs days or weeks or a few months laterβ€”when the hurricane has ended, the flooding has subsided, or the earth has stopped shaking. Once the immediate threat has abated, a community gets its bearings, buries its dead, and begins to clear the debris. In crisis-management lingo, the response phase gives way to the recovery stage, in which a society goes back to normal. But the coronavirus crisis will follow a different trajectory.

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