No RCT shows that cloth or surgical masks stop the spread of viruses...in fact, 14 RCTs show the exact opposite (on CDC's website) AND don't work for source control either.Absolutely not the same thing. One is fact and quantifiable by data. The other, "new normal", is human perception. Furthermore, continued mask wearing wouldn't be necessary if not for the anti-vaxxers and fools who prefer tales by faceless internet/basement prophets instead of people who have dedicated their lives to studying and knowing about pandemics, down to the molecular level.
Another case in point. AIDS was once considered an epidemic and threat of it was the then "new normal". Now that science and medicine has gotten a handle on that virus, just like Ebola, the "new normal" for it is that it is rarely mentioned and rarely top-of-mind for anyone.