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When do you think things will get back to normal in the US? By back to normal I mean pre-COVID, even if traveling outside the US will be restricted

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I think if you define normal as being allowed to do anything that we were doing pre-COVID (aka big groups, full capacity events, etc.) then June. People will behave differently on their own will for a while, but businesses need to make money, and I can’t imagine the government saying a business can’t do something once all the willing population has been vaccinated.

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Fair and good points. Probably right in that having all the willing population vaccinated in that time frame isn’t realistic. I do think it’s realistic to have all the at risk population vaccinated, which would cause deaths and hospitalizations to drop dramatically (more than is already occurring).

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I don't see there being concerts, sporting events, full onsite workforce, or other pre-covid gatherings until 2022. There are also some new challenges like empty retail/restaurants, homeless camps and high crime in areas that were previously policed more heavily due to local corporate workers, and all of the other businesses impacted by the pandemic (many gyms, yoga studios, and other related business went under). Might take a while before people open up new businesses to replace the ones that were lost. Curious to see what happens with real estate. It is crazy right now and I've been looking to move.

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At least until the end of 2022, more likely 4-5 years

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@M1 just like with the flu but we never shut down for that or for Ebola, or for Spanish flu, or for...

I think it will depend on your state. Not saying that is a good thing but I imagine some states will go back to pre covid ways of life earlier than others.

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Georgia has been pretty wide open since June. Bars, restaurants and most everything else has been operating as normal for quite a while

Early 2022 for full recovery and no masks

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Masks don’t work. Healthy people shouldn’t have to wear masks.

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Given it’s been like over a hundred years and we still haven’t beat the flu and this covid is “10x deadlier” I would say at least another thousand years before normal.

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Late summer/early fall

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Around July 2021

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July 3rd, 2:07pm EDT.

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Cool, now I am bit more relaxed to start MBA in August

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Haha same here

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Please provide an example of a government that removed rights and then gave them back. Masks aren’t going away.

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"Right" to own slaves? Seriously?

Summer

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The heat will kill the virus

Thanksgiving 2021

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“Just 14 days to flatten the curve”.....

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“Flatten the curve” Wow I almost forgot that slogan was a thing. It was like a one hit wonder.

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Biden said vaccine will be ‘open’ to everyone by summer. It doesn’t mean you can ‘get’ it by summer - not even sure at the beginning or by the end of it. So probably by October everyone can actually get it in their arms. Then takes one more month for another shot and for that to kick in. So probably November will be back to normal within the US.

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And hope for no new strain propagating....

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I’m curious how long we’ll be wearing masks. Honestly wonder if we’ll ever stop?

Masks are are awful and should be abolished

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I think we’d wear masks for a bit. But I’m pretty bullish to say late 2021/early 2022. We will wear masks probably until 2025

That’s fair. I say this to say I think they’ll be more covid variants which will make cdc recommend folks wear mask even those vaccinated.

I agree with the first post. I think this is a five year pandemic due to the fast mutation rate. I think we’ll be wearing masks for five years definitely and eventually it will mutate to the point where the vaccine will not be effective. This virus is smarter than us, we fucked up. Bad. Not being a doomsday freak, just stating the obvious. I have been following the virus since December of 2019.

Mid 2022 will start to feel normal-ish. By 2024 we will be boomeranged back into offices and travel. It took about 2 years after 9/11, and that wasn't nearly as impactful as this.

When do you think consulting will start traveling again (full time?)

Give me vaccine, or give me death!

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