Eventually, the virus went away, and the world was changed.
People realized how much they loved being together and even going to work.
The air cleared, and governments took a fresh look at climate change.
The economy bounced back. Bricks and mortar, and strong leadership, still mattered.
People remembered that being fully human means having real contact with other human beings.
But as the pandemic faded, the world reverted to its old ways. Until the next time, when it learned the same lessons again.