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Navigating new social norms in the age of COVID-19

Posted at 10:27 AM, May 20, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — In a matter of weeks, Americans were hit hard with a world of new social norms in the age of COVID-19.

As states start to reopen, it has created an obvious split between those practicing these safety guidelines and those who are not. Wearing a face mask, social distancing in stores and even some people still stocking up on toilet paper, have all become a few of our new normal.

These topics have caused a lot of discussion, with some resisting the changes.

Licensed clinical social worker Beth Farrell says we've been learning social norms for our entire life, and in a matter of a few weeks they have significantly shifted.

"Everything's changed," Farrell said. "It's like an overload of psycho-social stressors. The weight, I don't care how healthy you are, the weight is gonna be heavy. I think what I'm worried about is people won't know this until it's kind of a little to heavy."

Farrell says many are still learning or don't have access to the up-to-date information. She adds, instead of being combative, try having a real conversation with someone about our new social norms.