Residents are also following a few simple rules, such as wearing masks and washing hands, which have allowed life to go on.
”Everything is a little bit different, but we’re basically living our lives, doing our things, and we sort of normalized at this baseline. And I believe this is the baseline we’ll be at, a little bit up and down here and there, probably for the foreseeable future,” he said.
With Labor Day coming up in a few weeks, he knows people will be planning gatherings.
“Be smart about it and take some small measures that can be the difference between spreading and non-spreading, and I think if you do that, people can still have a good time and enjoy the holiday weekend,” he said.
Those measures include being outside and sitting far apart.
Because mask-wearing and hand washing is so universal now, Damsker predicts it will result in a minor flu season this fall.
“This is the first time in forever that everyone is walking around wearing masks and being hygienic and washing their hands, and doing all the things we’ve reminded them to do for the last 30 years and no one ever does, and this will absolutely help prevent having a bad flu season,” he said.
Damsker also said even if it is a minor flu season, it will still be in the mix with COVID-19, and it could be difficult to determine who has what illness.
But, he added, if people are wearing masks and washing hands, it will definitely put a damper on the spread of flu.