By now, most everyone save Donald Trump and his maddest followers have grudgingly accepted that the “new normal” after the coronavirus assault will change our everyday routines significantly with a broad range of restrictions.

But beyond the ceaseless new reports of infection rates, hospitalization trends and death counts, companies from around the world are seeking billions in government and private-sector contracts to impose far more intrusive changes on our lives than wearing masks or maintaining distance.

James Rosen, a former Washington Bureau reporter for McClatchy Newspapers, has received multiple National Press Club, Military Reporters and Editors and other honors for his reporting on Congress, the White House and the Pentagon. He wrote this for

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