Although globally the coronavirus pandemic still persists, in the United States, it seems to have taken a turn for the better. American citizens are noticing that covid restrictions are finally being lifted and they are finally regaining that freedom they have longed for. With normal life returning sooner than expected, some people certainly feel overwhelmed to return to a life full of crowds and busy schedules. The United States may have the green light to go back to how things were, but the pandemic altered the way we live so much that it may still have an effect on society for a long time, maybe even permanently.
One individual who was very frustrated over the country stripping it’s citizens of their freedoms during the pandemic was Judge Napolitano. He is currently a news analyst for Fox News and has many years of experience with being in the public eye. He is the youngest life-tenured Supreme Court Judge in the history of the state of New Jersey. While on the bench, he presided over 150 jury trials. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School for two years and at Seton Hall Law School for eleven years.
Since 1998, Napolitano broadcasts daily nationwide on both the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network. He is known for being an outspoken advocate on personal liberties, private properties and economic opportunities. He is always the first to lash out at the government when they interfere with civilian freedoms. Judge Napolitano has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and other publications as well. With many years of experience and television exposure, he was certainly vocal and up to date on events occurring surrounding the pandemic and the United States’ handling of the crisis.
Even though he is certainly thrilled that the country was finally able to keep the virus under control, Napolitano admits that some aspects of life will still not return to normal. Below are some of the changes the Judge believes will stick for a very long time:
- Working From Home
Working remotely was discovered to be successful early on in the pandemic. Meetings were still held, deadlines were met, and people did not have to stress about a morning commute. Although the pandemic is now in the rearview mirror, companies are expected to still keep employees working remotely to avoid the cost of rent for an office building and to keep around the convenience of removing travel from work.
- Uncomfortability in Social Settings
After being sheltered from the public for over a year, people are reluctant to return to large social gatherings. Individuals have become accustomed to the comfortability of their own homes and now get nervous about leaving to associate with strangers. People are also more socially awkward than ever before, so it will take some time to readjust to how social they were previously.
- Importance of Mental Health
There used to be and to an extent there still is a stigma surrounding mental health. However, the pandemic was extremely difficult for many people around the world. It forced society to recognize the impact the tragic events had on our mental health and in a way shed a light on it.
Normalcy is what we all craved since the pandemic started last year, but we need to understand that not everything will return to how it was overnight. It will take society time to come out of quarantine feeling comfortable and it will be a learning process.