“We are starting to enter into a new normal,” Evelin Dacker, M.D., wrote on Medium in an article accompanied by the graphic here. “Restrictions are being lifted and we are beginning to decrease social distance, yet we must continue to work together to reduce the risk of viral transmission. Until accurate testing is available and herd immunity is achieved, this can be achieved through self-awareness and communication. Covid CARE calls in four specific elements to consider and discuss with others as you start broadening your social circles: Container, Agreement, Risk Tolerance, Etiquette. Covid CARE is a model to build trust through communication to co-create a healthier social expansiveness. What will be our “new normal”? There are people who are taking physical distancing very seriously, and others who feel anger and frustration at being told what to do by our Government. Our current political climate is fragmenting us further. We are impacted by the economic damages brought on by the closing of the economy, isolation from friends and family, and fear of sickness and death.These stories and feelings can either tear us apart or bring us together. It will be our choice to make: Will our new normal be one based on scarcity and fear or on an abundance of hope and love? Finding that point where the freedom of the individual is balanced with care for others is key. It is here that we can create a new normal where we can all be seen and cared for equally, regardless of privilege; an opportunity to integrate ourselves back into society as supportive rather than oppressive. COVID CARE provides us a model in which to move forward together.” Evelin Dacker, “COVID CARE: A Way Forward to Opening Up Social Circles,” Medium.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.