In recent months, a formula has come back in loop, without us really knowing what to do with it: we would have to live with the virus.
Too often, it was used by those who questioned the legitimacy of any sanitary measure, without the slightest nuance.
But the French weekly Marianne, which is not a conspiratorial brochure, invites us to take it seriously.
It is based on a simple idea: the crisis we are going through will last, the vaccine will not come to solve everything at once, especially as it arrives drop by drop, and the virus seems to have some variants in its pockets.
The future looks terribly uncertain.
Therefore, once we have crossed this wave and the situation seems for a while under control, we will have to get out of the logic of urgency and start thinking in the long term.
Containment can only be a temporary solution. It can be a test, it cannot be a fate. It cannot be trivialized.
Especially since we do not have the means for perpetual confinement which, in the long term, will stifle all economic life.
Right now, our leaders are haunted by one question: what area of social activity can they shut down that they haven’t yet closed?
An opposite question should soon obsess them: how to restore freedoms while taking into account the health context? How to deconfin the society intelligently?
This question will be inseparable from a sustainable adaptation of the health system to the epidemic.
Living with the virus does not mean living as if the virus does not exist or as if it should not transform our lives.
But that means adapting all activities to it, from construction to the theater, including restaurants and even travel, always keeping in mind the protection of vulnerable groups.
It will probably be necessary to take advantage of the summer to mark the transition.
For the moment, we lack imagination.