Coronavirus is no longer circulating widely within the community. In Northern Ireland deaths attributed to Covid have dropped - thank goodness - to nil. Pubs and restaurants are opening up again. You can even go and get a back massage to iron out the stress of lockdown.
Normality, beautiful everyday normality, which we never appreciated enough before, is returning slowly but surely to our streets and homes.
So why do so many fit and healthy people refuse to go back to work?
One word: fear.
The science of fear is fascinating. As a primitive emotion designed to ensure our survival, it has the power to instantly override our higher cognitive faculties.
Fear is like a fire alarm ringing constantly; it's so loud that you can't think straight. All your focus is on protecting yourself from the perceived threat.
Through its apocalyptic coronavirus messaging, designed to ensure maximum public compliance, the Government rendered a sizeable chunk of the population immobilised by fear, bordering in some cases on terror.
A deadly, indiscriminate new virus with no cure is on the loose, we were told: run, hide, batten down the hatches! Much of the media became eager recruits to the official doom-mongering narrative, outstripping even the Government in their zeal to spread the contagion of alarm.
And yes, horribly, tragically, many people died during this pandemic, either with or of coronavirus. But the overwhelming majority of these individuals were elderly, frail and with pre-existing health conditions, which makes each death no less of a loss, of course.
Fortunately, we know that people of working age are at far less risk of becoming seriously ill or dying of coronavirus. For most people Covid will be a mild illness; indeed, many of us may already have had it without even realising it. The young - the backbone of the country's workforce - are least affected of all.
As the country attempts to get back to work these facts cannot be emphasised enough, and yet somehow we rarely hear them. What we do hear is continuing fear-induced hysteria. It seems the habit is hard to shake off.
Sometimes this emerges as unfiltered panic. More insidiously, it can masquerade as the voice of reason and authority on the airwaves and in print. Sensible people who want to return to work are loftily told by those supposedly "in the know" that they're deluded, recklessly risking their own health and others.
Yet it's these lockdown zealots themselves who are the deluded ones, if only they could see it.
The way things are going soon it will be a luxury to have a job at all. Say so, however, and you'll be instantly decried as an evil Tory stooge who only cares about big business and bloated billionaires.
It's simplistic rubbish to style the situation as a choice between lives and the economy. To adapt an old phrase: the economy is lives, stupid.
The global economy is not in the toilet. It's in the sewers being washed out to drown in a vast ocean of debt, joblessness and financial ruin. The UN has warned that half the global workforce is set to lose their livelihoods due to the coronavirus lockdowns. That's an almost unimaginable 1.6 billion people.
Poverty kills every bit as surely as coronavirus. And it will be the poorest in society who, for decades upon decades into the future, will pay with their homes, with their jobs, with their health, with their lives for the grave injuries inflicted on the economy during this time.
Those who have the luxury of entirely working from home (or WFH as it's now branded) are in the minority. Indeed, it's from the ranks of these affluent, coffee-drinking, middle-class WFH-ers that the loudest calls for working people to stay home or die often comes. Perhaps because they have never experienced what it's like to earn so little that it's a struggle to put food on the table.
Of course employers have a duty to ensure that returning workers are shielded as far as possible from possible infection. Employees especially vulnerable to Covid must be given added protection. While no workplace can eliminate risk entirely, every reasonable precaution must be taken.
Once that's done there's no reason to stay away from the office. We can't cower at home forever, quaking in our boots. If you can go to Tesco, if you can go to the gym, if you can go to the cinema, you can go back to work. So go.