With economies in free-fall and geopolitical tensions rising, there can be no return to normal: the past is passed, and only the future counts now.
- Joschka Fischer
- The Nation
BERLIN – The COVID-19 pandemic is entering its second phase as countries gradually reopen their economies and loosen or even revoke strict social-distancing measures.
Yet, barring the arrival of an effective, universally available therapy or vaccine, the transition back to “normal” will be more aspirational than real.
Worse, it risks triggering a second wave of infections at the local and regional level, and possibly on a much larger scale.