Beware the old normal

7th July 2020 by Judith Harvey

Beware the old normal

As the government starts to ease lockdown, Judith Harvey questions what it is that we are easing ourselves back into.

Last Friday, on my way to the pharmacy, a young woman, mask-less, was walking straight towards me, her eyes glued to her phone. Fortunately, one of us was alert.
For me, she was a canary: the portent that the consensus over Covid was over. To impose lockdown was straightforward. It was – almost certainly – the right decision. Getting out of lockdown is anything but straightforward.

Sweden did lockdown-lite. It hasn’t been straightforward. Swedes are unsure what they can do and what they should do. People have made their own compromises. Their infection rates are higher than comparable countries.

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