The outbreak of covid-19 pandemic has definitely changed the way we live, work and connect. Following the directives of leaders and experts to combat the virus, a number of things emerged as NEW NORMAL? It is probably one of the common words coined in this time of the pandemic, along with “social distancing” and “flatten the curve.” But what does NEW NORMAL really mean? According to Urban Dictionary, NEW NORMAL is the current state of being after some dramatic change has transpired. What replaces the expected, usual, typical state after an event occurs. The new normal encourages one to deal with current situations rather than lamenting what could have been. New Normal can have different impact at different levels to different kinds of people. In fact, some still do not want to call the current situation as new normal given the rapid developments of this pandemic.

But since this is a global crisis where nobody is invincible, what we do and think to do our part in fighting this pandemic is crucial. We asked a few people on what their new normal is and this is what they have to share.

“Since the shutdown of casinos, my new normal is having breakfast at 12nn, lunch at 5pm and dinner at 11pm” – Tintin Faustino, food server

“New normal??? I used to commute to work, but now I work from home and my son is my new officemate who sleeps during office hours.”
– Anonymous

If there’s anything that we would call a new normal… I guess that’s Extreme Germophobia!
– Gary & Marinelli

“We can’t say normal at this point in time. As we all know, we are facing global health crisis known as COVID-19. We are living in a house arrest as lockdown!” – Anonymous

“Some of my new normals – doing online zumba, attending online masses every Sunday and NOT eating out. WFH is not new to me though, been doing that for years.” – Pam

“Our new normal – Spirit 1 Taekwondo has moved all our classes online on Zoom. We miss our members but we are happy to see their smiling faces on line.” – Mrs. Kim Padua

“Most Philippine companies were forced into digital transformation due to the lockdown. Though essential early on, some are a bit hesitant until this unprecedented event made it happen and popularized Zoom which we have been using before for web conferences with our regional headquarters from HK and Singapore.” – Anonymous

“My family’s new normal is watching the news at 10 – 11 am.”
– Katya Labelle

“Just staying home more; and more time to rehearse and have some time to reflect and really do things one at a time. Hahaha! Not multitasking all the time.” – Paul Ong

“My new normal now is having NETFLIX on my daily life. Whether it’s a TV show, movie or anime, I’m in need to stream/watch.” – Syd Marinda, video editor/gfx artist