Are we heading for a post-pandemic "Roaring 2020s," with parties and excess?

Before the celebrations begin, however, there probably will be some trepidation as people adjust to their newly restored freedom.

“It may seem a bit strange in the beginning, for example, right now, I can’t imagine going to a concert, says Jeni Stolow, a social behavioral scientist and assistant professor in the Temple University College of Public Health. “People, jobs and society should be aware that the first few months of reopening society are going to be awkward. You won’t be able to just leave the Zoom room anymore. People have been able to disassociate or hide in virtual meetings — turning off their camera, muting themselves — and are out of practice in traditional human engagement. It may take some time for people to get comfortable, engaged, and tuned in during in-person work meetings, school or even among friends.

“But most people have gone a year or longer without seeing friends, families or experiencing human connection,” Stolow adds. “I do think most people will actually try to be more social to make up for the lost time. I expect to see more travel, reunions, brunches and parties.”

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