Three months later, “the city that never sleeps,” but unexpectedly entered a forced slumber, has begun to gradually return to life.
The construction industry, the manufacturing sector, and the wholesale establishments have resumed their activity.
The city that was full of life and creativity 24-hours a day was hit worse than any other city in America. More than 21,000 people in New York have died from the coronavirus thus far.
But New Yorkers obeyed the authorities. They stayed home. They kept their distance from each other. They wore masks. They put on gloves. They drank an extra glass of wine to deal with the psychological effects of the lockdown.
City life has resumed its flow – according to the new normal.
The image that is now generally presented by the media gives the impression that the pandemic has passed.
Look at the pictures from the bar on Mykonos island with people on top of each other.
But most of all, you can also see the tens of thousands of protesters in many cities, from New York to Los Angeles.
Life constantly surprises us. It never stops. It does not wait for one issue to finish before moving on to the next.
While we were living in the age of the coronavirus, a video suddenly circulated, and like a loud slap in the face, it caught our attention, creating a new historical epoch: the Coronavirus-George Floyd era.
A lot of things have been building up through the years. For many years. Terrorist attacks, wars, economic crises, economic inequality, a sharp rise in political dissonance, hatred, discord.
Then our “cup runneth over” with Floyd's inhuman murder.
And in defiance of the coronavirus, tens of thousands took to the streets, in dozens of cities across America and the world.
According to Anthony Fauci, the senior government official regarding the virus, this is another "perfect setup for spreading coronavirus.”
But the group of experts that had gathered at the White House to coordinate the government's policy – to the extent that the President was listening to them – have returned to their normal jobs.
Have we overcome the virus issue? Of course not.
However, it seems as if we are tired of it. We want our lives back
And yet, another irony is that some of those who found themselves most vulnerable to the coronavirus are the same ones who are fighting and struggling to fight another virus that continues to plague societies: racism.