No more normal
Do you long for a return to normal after COVID-19?
Before the pandemic, 734 million people lived in extreme poverty, 690 million people went hungry, and 79·5 million people were forcibly displaced. Bill Gates and the late great Hans Rosling would tell you that the world is in a better state than you might expect, and that huge progress has been made. They would be right. Yet for billions of people, normal—ie, life before COVID-19—was not working. We might not be able to return to normal, but perhaps we should not want to. With the climate crisis pressing in, we cannot afford to. COVID-19 is a human catastrophe, but it gives the health community an opportunity to rethink the purpose of society in a fractured world and to redefine what we want normal to mean.