The worst impact of all

March 30th, 2020 by Ken

As I enter my 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th day of physical and social isolation, they run into each other and I’m not certain I even know what day of the week it is.  I do know that I have a hard time thinking of much else than how  Covid-19 is impacting me.  I have been hesitant to write about that because it seemed so petty when held against the mirror which holds my knowledge of the greater world.

Well-respected Wall Street Journal writer Peggy Noonan had a similar problem.  Her weekend column was primarily about how the virus was impacting her and her normal routine of life.  Knowing that she is facing the same problem as I – –  she went ahead and wrote anyway.  That left me free to do the same.

Then – I decided not to write about how I was coping.  Instead of writing about how the virus is impacting our daily lives, I decided to try and picture how it will change our lives.

The events of 9-11 changed the way we travel.  The technological revolution of a decade ago transformed the way we communicate.  I think Covid-19 will change forever how we socialize.

When this whole thing fades into the background.  When the television network stop running daily totals of how many have it  and how many died, we’ll be forced to re-enter the world.  But, our reintegration into this new and strange social world will have changed.  Small things, like shaking hands or hugging, will cause us to think for a second before we do it.  Larger things, like a cough from someone in a group, will cause us to make a determination if we want to continue with the group or isolate ourselves to a smaller crowd.

Will we have as many social contacts as in the past?  Will we worry that the virus will come back next year or the year after?  Even if scientists develop a vaccine for the coronavirus, will it be effective?  Even the current flu vaccine is only a certain percentage effective.

If and when the virus returns will we automatically return ourselves to self-isolation and depend on technology  for our communication?

But, more importantly, will those 75 million of us in the United States continue to think of ourselves as a “vulnerable population group?”   That would be the worst impact of all.

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