The Hot Zone

Why does Preston repeatedly bring up "normal life" at such a tense point in the book?

In "Garbage Bags," Preston writes about CJ Peters observing the "comings and goings" of everyday people in Reston. In the previous chapter, Preston writes, "People were leaving work, monkeys were dying in Reston, and the virus was on the move. (230)

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I think this juxtaposes the chaos that is seen in the monkey house. The potential of this virus, should it get out, would destroy the "normal life" of citizens in the town and the country.