COVID-19: Never going back to normal, say experts

Updated: 01 October, 2020 10:03 IST | Agencies | Washington

Experts tell CNN that people need to adapt to the changes brought on by COVID-19; say masks, physical distancing would become new normal

A mask-clad woman walks at the Deira Souk in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
A mask-clad woman walks at the Deira Souk in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

As the pandemic seems nowhere close to an end, experts say people need to adapt to the changes brought on by COVID-19, CNN reported. "Things are most likely never going 'back to normal'," CNN quoted experts as saying.

Experts believe masks, physical distancing, people spending very little time at grocery shops, disappearing handshakes and embracing would become the new normal. "Politicians who pretend that 'normal' is just around the corner are fooling themselves or their followers, or perhaps both," CNN quoted Thomas Davenport, the president's distinguished professor of information technology and management at Babson College in Wellesley as saying.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of California, said we should adapt "to the mask as the new normal". "When both good and bad things happen, at first you feel intense emotions... Then you adjust and you go back to baseline. This is much more powerful with positive events. People don't adapt as completely to negative change in their lives," Lyubomirsky said.

Pakistan opens all educational institutions

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Virus outbreak in Wales hospital

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First Published: 01 October, 2020 07:34 IST

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