Places across the globe are beginning to ease their coronavirus restrictions. Businesses are reopening, as are some schools and sports leagues. But everything looks much different than what we are used to.
Many of us are still working from home. Others have lost their jobs and are looking for new ones. We continue to keep our distance from one another, whether it’s in a park, out shopping, or in our places of worship.
Meanwhile, the death toll continues to climb as the world rushes to find a vaccine. Even the way we mourn has been affected, as many funerals limit the number of people who can attend.
These images show just how much our daily lives have changed because of Covid-19.
Social distancing is observed while waiting in line for shopping.[/caption]
The impact of this virus has darkened all our lives. It is imperative that we do not let down our guard. But physical distancing, lockdowns, and other measures to slow down and stop transmission are affecting lives and livelihoods. People are rightly asking: How much do we have to endure? And for how long? In response, governments, and health authorities must come up with answers to identify when, under what conditions, and how we can consider a safe transition through a gradual shift in measures.
In the coming period all efforts should be made to control and suppress the spread of COVID-19, strengthen and maintain health services, and support each other to stay safe, healthy, and well.
The new normal will be anything but ordinary.