Twenty months since the coronavirus pandemic descended across the globe, we have all learned to practice health and safety protocols that spell the difference between sickness and death. Who knew that a virulent virus will have us donning a mask and face shield, washing our hands frequently and observing physical distance to deter its spread?
However, we cannot forever hide inside our homes. We all have to eventually come out of our abodes and resume part of the lives we were living before Covid came. While we limited our movement to the essential at the start of the pandemic — shopping for food, medicine and other necessities at the market and drug store — times have definitely changed.
Many of us have physically returned to work, leaving behind work-from-home schemes except when we are under quarantine from possible exposure to the virus. The lowering of alert levels in Metro Manila also means more freedom to move about and literally go out and have some free time. Soon, students will also eventually return to school for face-to-face classes that will complement their online lessons.
What the Covid-19 pandemic has done is teach us ways to overcome the virus and live our lives in ways we’ve never thought of — mindful of our health and everybody else’s. What we’ve always talked of as being the “new normal” is now here. This is our everyday “normal.”