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Offline JBG

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As this article, Why the Road to Reopening New York Will Be So Hard (link), any return to normal conditions is probably a fantasy -- dreaming in Technicolor, as you will. Whether for reasons of politics, medicine, panic or some blend of the two, it is impossible to imagine a return to use of educational and religious facilities in ways that don't feel more funereal than lockdown.
Imagine school classrooms where children are not allowed to talk to each other, where they are plexiglassed off or seated six feet apart. Or religious facilities where pews have markers so that people are sitting more than average height distance from each other. And where a word with clergy, whether for comfort or for some question about ritual is flatly out of the question?

Schools and religious bodies have futures; as domain names and websites. We need server farms, which occupy much less pricey real estate than the sprawling grounds of a college campus. We won't need the army of workers needed to tend such facilities, reducing costs for some and consigning others to unemployment.

Similarly, blocks of streets crowded with restaurants could be turned into government distribution facilities or housing for the homeless. This may be one way to re-imagine the post-Covid future.
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Just like After the previous Pandemic, things will get back to normal.  There will be no plexiglass separating desks in school. 

Hopefully, there will be more cleaning/disinfecting in stores and other public places.  People will wash their hands more.

Hopefully a vaccine will be developed sooner rather than later.

The real changes that should be made are an increase in policies that promote socialism and more preparedness future pandemics, not some knee-jerk reaction of selling schools. 

Government should be doing more medical research.  They should be taking back ownership of things like the electrical infrastructure and there should be a Basic Monthly Income for all Canadians.

Those are the things that will actually make a difference.   

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Just like After the previous Pandemic, things will get back to normal.  There will be no plexiglass separating desks in school. 

Hopefully, there will be more cleaning/disinfecting in stores and other public places.  People will wash their hands more.

Hopefully a vaccine will be developed sooner rather than later.

Agreed.  I assume even more hand sanitizer dispensers will be everywhere.

It takes on average 66 days for people to develop a new habit.  So will be interesting to see the implications of lockdown on behaviour.

Would also be nice to eventually find out definitively how the outbreak started, whether wet markets or leaky labs, so we can prevent future outbreaks.
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As this article, Why the Road to Reopening New York Will Be So Hard (link), any return to normal conditions is probably a fantasy -- dreaming in Technicolor, as you will. Whether for reasons of politics, medicine, panic or some blend of the two, it is impossible to imagine a return to use of educational and religious facilities in ways that don't feel more funereal than lockdown.
Imagine school classrooms where children are not allowed to talk to each other, where they are plexiglassed off or seated six feet apart. Or religious facilities where pews have markers so that people are sitting more than average height distance from each other. And where a word with clergy, whether for comfort or for some question about ritual is flatly out of the question?

Schools and religious bodies have futures; as domain names and websites. We need server farms, which occupy much less pricey real estate than the sprawling grounds of a college campus. We won't need the army of workers needed to tend such facilities, reducing costs for some and consigning others to unemployment.

Similarly, blocks of streets crowded with restaurants could be turned into government distribution facilities or housing for the homeless. This may be one way to re-imagine the post-Covid future.

Your vision of the post-Covid future sounds like living in a 1970's era Warsaw Pact country.   People aren't going to accept that.

There will be a new equilibrium.  It won't be the dystopian future some people are talking about.

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Your vision of the post-Covid future sounds like living in a 1970's era Warsaw Pact country.   People aren't going to accept that.

Except people got together, kids went to school (such as it was), etc, etc.  His vision s nothing like the 70s in East Berlin. 

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There will be a new equilibrium.  It won't be the dystopian future some people are talking about.

No one is talking about any sort of dystopian future, except for the people that are trying to make the mitigation measures sound like some sort of draconian conspiracy to keep people out of bars. 

Now, Iím not saying MADD isnít above doing something like that....   but no one who is a normal-thinking person is saying life wonít get back to normal.