“It’s 2022, and the coronavirus has at long last been defeated. After a miserable year-and-a-half, alternating between lockdowns and new outbreaks, life can finally begin returning to normal,” as David Leonhardt writes in The New York Times.
“But it will not be the old normal. It will be a new world, with a reshaped economy, much as war and depression reordered life for previous generations.
“Thousands of stores and companies that were vulnerable before the virus arrived have disappeared. Dozens of colleges are shutting down, in the first wave of closures in the history of American higher education. People have also changed long-held patterns of behavior: Outdoor socializing is in, business trips are out.
“And American politics — while still divided in many of the same ways it was before the virus — has entered a new era.”
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