I think what's a little sad and innocent about the column is what I see as the underlying assumption that the virus won't get out of hand, or morph into the pandemic we're experiencing today. We had close calls with SARS and MERS and in the early days we seemed to be assuming that COVID would go the same way. Ah, what sweet summer children we were!

This thinking still seems to be prevalent though; the notion that we can return to a pre-COVID world seems to be running through the exhortations to open up and learn to live with the virus etc, and the collapse of this denial, when it comes, will be brutal. As someone far more insightful than me on the Burger pointed out some time ago, we're probably going to end up in a world far more like the alternate world in Counterpart. The pre-COVID world is gone, never to return.

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