The history of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being written. When this pandemic ends – and it will end – a new normal may last for months, years, or forever. Planning for the after-effects of a pandemic is necessary.
Humankind has always been at war with infectious diseases. When a skirmish with an infectious agent such as SARS, MERS, or Swine Flu, doesn’t materialize into the “big one” defenses are relaxed. A pandemic is ripe to occur when humankind’s defenses are relaxed too much.