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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, both the state and the city are reopening businesses in phases to get Texas back on its feet, collectively and protectively.

But, what changes from the now-lifted lockdown will become the new normal? What’s past is prologue, so the virus is not going away. Even as the Texas economy tries to get a second wind, let’s not forget to maintain healthy practices.

In the last few weeks, we’ve been reminded about proper hygiene. Some have decided to keep wearing face masks. That’s a voluntary decision, but what should be habitual is washing hands, covering mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing, practicing social distancing and even refraining from hugs and handshakes for a bit.

Let’s reassure people that in a region where so many have underlying health issues, no one is going to think twice if you walk into a store with a mask on, or whip out a box of sanitized wipes to clean the table at your favorite eatery before you sit down.

Someday there will exist a vaccine. Until then, we must continue cooperating to slow the spread of the disease.

The authorities say the pandemic will return this winter. However, if we practice these safety tips as frequently as possible, we might avert another widespread shutdown and keep our schools and merchants open this time.

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