Posted: Jun 23, 2022 12:01 AM
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WASHINGTON — Some years ago, as the pandemic was making its first stirrings, I heard from assorted pundits across the fruited plane that America was going to be changed forever. We would never get back to pre-pandemic normalcy. We would be wearing masks unto eternity. We would be importuned to wash our hands every time we entered a public bathroom, perhaps even a private bathroom, possibly even when we walked past an empty bathroom. By the way, do not forget your feet. Wash your hands and your feet, and it might help if you brushed your teeth. This pandemic was serious business, and it would be around for a long time; possibly, it would be around forever. Which is to say, the pundits and public health authorities would be with us until the end of time.
Well, the pandemic was pretty horrible, but I have good news for my fellow Americans and bad news for the pundits and the public health authorities.