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The New Social Norm Should Have Been the Old Social Norm

James is an avid reader with a book collection in the hundreds and growing. He enjoys wildlife, wilderness and the many simple things life

Let's Put This Into Context

Everything that has occurred during this coronavirus outbreak as nothing short of a nightmare, and to say that it has affected our lives whether we or someone we know as been affected or not is a understatement.

Something that has bugged me however since this whole thing started however is our response. I don't mean anything like a cure or our lack of cure, I mean the slandered things that we populace should to to protect ourselves. Social Distance, Mask, Hand Washing and crowd control. I mean this is all stuff we should have been doing before the virus hit. To prove my point I am going to break down the steps and analyze each one individually.

1: Mask

A Very Stylish Mask

A Very Stylish Mask

Mask is by far the one change that has had the biggest effect on us, not seeing a person's facial expression can be a bit of a downer. However, say it was flu season or you heard the cold was going around, don't you think a mask might be a good idea? how many times have we gone into a store or a movie theater only to get sick? A simple mask might stop you from getting sick or stop you from spreading the cold any further. A mask all the time is perhaps a bit much but we should never have been so reluctant to wear them from the beginning considering what headaches something like a simple cold can cause.

2: Social Distance

Too close

Too close

One of the biggest steps (literally) was to keep at least six feet apart from each other all around at all times. Now this one I feel we really should have been doing anyway even without the government telling us. Unless it's a loved one, nobody likes a someone's hot breath on the back of our necks. Again just thinking back to the common cold, how often could we avoid spreading this little nuisance just by staying back? Nobody likes feeling cramped into a tight space, and actually this takes us right into the next argument.

3: Crowd Control

With This I Am Crowd Control!

With This I Am Crowd Control!

So this is really more of a business practice unless you plan allot of parties. limiting a store to a set maximum occupancy definitely helps stops the spread of any virus including the common cold. Also by limiting a how many people are running around in said store, you create a happier and more calm shopping experience, this goes double for those who are claustrophobic. Again nobody likes feeling cramped, and when you are just trying to buy a case of Mountain Dew and can't help but overhear someone's life story while getting bumped by others as they are trying to find something else, suddenly the zoo starts to sound allot better by comparison.

4: Extreme Cleaning

Clean that goop, and remember we're watching you!

Clean that goop, and remember we're watching you!

Company's all over are cleaning their stores far more regularly then before, particularly if they are some kind of food establishment. However I would argue that they should have been cleaning this well long before covid hit. Nobody likes the idea of eating off a dirty plate or someone with disgusting hands making your food. Most of your bakery fresh foods have gone up in price by quite a bit, but that might a worth price to pay just to know that the simple donut you bought after a long hard day is about as clean as you could possibly ask for.

5: Stay Home When Able

Yes mother

Yes mother

Something I almost missed, is that for a good while everyone in the country was told to stay at home as much as possible. Now this one is a little different then the ones above as if you are feeling good it would have been nice to go out and enjoy the summer days or whatever, after all time is our most valuable asset and one we can never get back once spent. But when you think about it, we have always had the option to stay home when we are sick however many of us ignore it simply cause we can't afford it. Honestly I think it's absurd and sad that people have to ether work a full time job or work two part time jobs just to make ends meet, in ether case they spend most of there lives at work and they still can't afford to take a sick day, so they go in to work and risk spreading the virus wherever they go.

And Then There Are The Micro Steps

You know the term "Busy Bee"? Well that's a pretty good description for the human race. We buzz all over the place for work, friends, family, fun and all sorts of other things touching doors, products and other people, and who knows where everyone has been. In short maybe having a small bottle of hand sanitizer or disinfectant everywhere you go may not be a bad idea. If we did stuff like this more regularly from the beginning, far fewer people wouldn't have died and the social abnormalities would have been far less impactful and things like the common cold wouldn't stand a chance. Also it would save you money on hospital bills. But that's what I think, what do you guys think? Please let me know by leaving me a comment in the section below, I'm Wanderin jim and I hope you all have a super happy day.

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