Part One

After months of restrictions and isolation, most of us are excited that Ontario has
recently begun its reopening plan. While it’s exciting that things are starting to reopen,
it can evoke fear and anxiety in many who want to ensure a safe transition back to a
more social society. We’re preparing for the ‘new normal’, whatever that means.

The initial Covid-19 crisis saw huge changes to the structures and norms that we took
for granted. Consumers filled their homes to the brim with toilet roll and pasta, parents
grappled with home schooling and DIY haircuts, while online grocery delivery slots
became a valuable commodity in their own right. All the while, people mused over what
the so-called new normal might be.

In the past few months, the entire world has had a near-death experience. We’ve been
forced to stop and think: I could die or someone I love could die. When those events
happen, people think about what matters and what they will do differently.

Before COVID-19, “baby boomers” felt reassured that with all the benefits of modern
medicine, they could live for years and years. What we never calculated was that a
pandemic could totally change the dialogue.

What Could the New Norm Look Like to Many?

When it comes to Health, telemedicine will create a need for many seniors to learn to
use the internet and social media in order to make them fluent users of online health
care. Drug stores will begin doing more vaccinations in order to avoid the germs in
doctors’ offices making seniors more comfortable for flu shots. Don’t forget about your
plumbing. In the not-too-distant future — perhaps just a few years from now — older
Canadians could have special devices at home to regularly analyze urine and fecal
samples letting them avoid the doctor’s office.

Travel will also look different. Trips will likely become road trips as people become less
inclined to travel abroad. Those who can and choose to fly will purchase extra seats to
ensure social distancing. Hotels will begin marketing “Doctors on Site”. Disinfecting
and sanitizing will become sales pitches for hotels.

When and where will it all end? As the numbers of Covid-19 continue to rise and as long
as some people choose not to respect the protocols put in place to protect one another
the “New Norm” will never be the norm. When it comes right down to it living in the
outside world is a daily challenge, but what about those vulnerable people living within a
closed community. Have we looked or thought about their individual challenges with
Covid -19? Many have a difficult time dealing with basics of daily activities but now they
are having to deal with pandemic protocols that they just do not understand.

Part Two will look at – Some of the Challenges of Living in a Closed Community During Covid-19