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How will this pandemic change us?

Johnson City Press • Mar 30, 2020 at 6:00 AM

We’ve all changed for the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Whether it’s taking more care with cleaning, learning new technology to keep us connected while physical isolation is encouraged or shopping with the future in mind, we’ve been forced to consider the way we do things and change them accordingly.

As we wait for the all clear, whenever that may come, we’re realizing that things are different now, and some of them may be different for a while.

Look at the services and workers identified as essential to our lives. We may not have realized it before, but we know now that the cashier at the grocery store is a vital part of the supply chain that puts food on our tables.

We’re also learning things as we watch the response to COVID-19. We’re seeing how government officials and health care professionals are dealing with the need for supplies. We’re watching how our country’s leaders handle the outbreak and comparing their actions to the leaders of other countries. We’re thinking about how and when our governor and health department enacted orders and looking at other states to see how their governors led during this crisis.

It’s safe to say this experience will leave a lasting impression on us and will likely change how we interact and how we think about the future and our communities.

What we’re pondering, and what we want to hear from you, is how this pandemic will change us. What will be different once it’s over? How long do you think those changes will last? Do you think some of those changes will be for the good?

Send your answers to [email protected]. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length.

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