What's considered the 'new normal' now?
GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) — Before March 2020. most of us hadn't heard about coronavirus.
Two years later, that has certainly changed.
The "new normal" is a pretty broad term, and something we may not think twice about. Having masks readily available and hand sanitizer always on deck are just a couple of things that weren't a part of our daily routine before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.
Pharmacies, schools, business, and travel are just a few everyday activities that look very different in just two years.
"February 16th, yesterday... in 2019, there were 2.4 million people that flew that day, according to the TSA," said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. "Yesterday of this year, it was 1.6 million."
While air travel has dipped, the phrase "remote learning" — which needed an explanation three years ago — is commonplace today.
"We didn't know what remote instruction was back in 2019," said Roger Reed, superintendent of the S&S Consolidated Independent School District..
Many schools are now using remote learning as a last resort.
Businesses have also had to get used to bring productive away from their normal environment.
"I quickly learned that it is possible to be at home and still be effective and efficient," said Michelle Castle, area manager for Guild Mortgage.
Pharmacies have been on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis from the start.
"I think one of the biggest changes that we've had is people coming in for the shots," said Pottsboro pharmacist Travis Garrett. "We would always do a lot of flu shots, but with the COVID vaccines, that's really increased the amount of people coming in."