New normal

Over 70’s, vulnerable, and those with underlying health issues should shield for 12 weeks. Reopen the nurseries and schools and let the rest of us return to work with the provision of wearing face masks and social distancing. As Nicola Sturgeon says, we have to learn to live with this disease, we can’t hide away forever, and the longer this goes on, the more people will lose their jobs, homes, etc. Children living in poverty has increased since lockdown, as have the suicide rates. Hiding from COVID should not come at a cost to mental health

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The longer this lockdown carries on, the more mental health issues there will be, and the more suicides. We need to get back to work/school/nursery and a new normal within the next couple of weeks, and those most at risk should shield for 12 weeks

by Lgw123 on May 06, 2020 at 01:57PM

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  • Posted by alisond May 06, 2020 at 21:50

    Saw this title and had to come in to comment... any chance we can bin the phrase “new normal”? There is nothing and never will be anything normal about this. In the interests of holding on to hope and principles about how society should operate, this will never be anything but aberrant and abnormal. “Current measures to contain the virus” less pithy but more honest and less dystopian. Not hugging, keeping distance, people covering faces and all the rest.... necessary for my sanity to remember each day that it’s abnormal and temporary..... not a permanent new shape for society. Constantly using this phrase in official communication gives off a really hopeless and pessimistic tone. On similar note, physical distancing much better connotation than social distancing.
  • Posted by johncunndainn May 07, 2020 at 08:12

    I think we have to accept that this epidemic will result in change. We will never behave again in this generation as we behaved in 2019. 'New normal' emphasises this. Hopefully, there will eventually be aspects that are better: less traffic, more physical activity, better community cohesion in many communities, more local manufacture, better social care... I agree 'social distancing' is a meaningless expression - there's nothing 'social' about it. Plain distancing is fine - distance implies physical space.
  • Posted by activeandvibrant May 10, 2020 at 16:34

    New Normal is not “a thing”. There is only Normal or Abnormal and we are definitely Abnormal just now. The phrase New Normal really grates - should not use it. Again too Discriminating against over 70s. Please just stop this.
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