GORKI, February 1. /TASS/. Some protective measures and innovations introduced over the coronavirus pandemic will remain in place but in general life should return to normal, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Russian media.
"I would really like to see us return to normal life as soon as possible," Medvedev said, explaining that he meant the freedom of communication and movement. In reply to a question, whether the ritual of wearing masks would be preserved, he said this was not a ritual, but a protective measure and "we couldn't live without a sanitizer anymore."
"As for protective measures, probably, they will be still kept for some time," Medvedev said. Meanwhile, he recalled that in some countries people had worn face masks before the pandemic. "Probably, some control procedures will remain in the future," he noted.
Medvedev believes that a significant number of innovations related to the pandemic should be preserved. In particular, this concerns developing Internet trade, some elements of remote work in education and employment relationship, corporate and management decisions.
For example, earlier governors from remote regions had to spend many hours to arrive for meetings instead of taking part in them remotely. In the business sphere, in some cases the leadership takes a decision to let some activities remain in a remote format.
"<...> What the pandemic has brought to human life to a large extent will remain in the future due to the fact that these are pretty much hard won changes," Medvedev said. He recalled the law of the negation of the negation in philosophy according to which any changes, including in public life, undergo several stages and rise to a new level in a spiral order when something is dropped and something remains. "It seems to me [this] is fully applicable to the pandemic: something what we are using now will certainly remain in the future and this is just right in every sense of the word," he stated.