As a retired physician I have been following the developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with interest. I think there will continue to be great disruptions to our economy for the short term. We are all becoming familiar with the obvious disruptions to our “old normal” routines. But I believe a “new normal” will be developing in several months.

My contemporaries are all too fond of saying, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” But how it has always been done is rarely the best way something can be done. Innovations always lead to improved methods of accomplishing tasks, and Americans are great improvisers.

Ken Bisson, M.D., an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, holds a bachelor of science in chemistry and a medical degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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