‘New normal’: distancing, masks likely needed for months

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health officials say that for months to come the “new normal” will continue to look a lot like daily life does now even once the broad restrictions currently in place in Washington state in response to the coronavirus are lifted. Health Secretary John Wiesman said Tuesday that because the virus won’t be able to be stopped or contained until there are treatments and a vaccine, the goal is to make sure that once the state starts to see a decline of cases, “that we do our best not to spring back.” He said that teleworking, physical distancing from others and use of masks in public will likely continue for some time.