- In February, China imposed a temporary ban on all farming and consumption of wild animals.
- This is the world's first pandemic caused by a coronavirus according to the WHO.
- According to the WHO, when health systems are overwhelmed, mortality from vaccine-preventable and other treatable conditions can also increase dramatically.
A crisis of this magnitude can change the course of history. We are in the midst of a dizzying series of shifts that are so drastic it has become difficult to follow. While we are cooped up indoors, the world is going through transformations so irreversible, that when we step out into the outside world in two or three months it will almost be unrecognizable. Things will not be the same, people will not be the same, countries will never be the same.
We will never look at things the same way again. The way we interact and the way we live our lives will be different from this point on. Here are a few other ways the world will change once this pandemic is over.
10. More Focus On Healthcare
Now that we know the value of healthcare, more countries will be pouring billions in strengthening their healthcare systems. More countries will nationalize their health care systems and more money will be spent on equipment and supplies. Higher budgets will be allocated for research facilities that can focus on improving health care and the way we save lives. Hospitals will be adding more people to their staff and there will be more focus on developing medicine and vaccines. Experts believe this pandemic is not going to be our last, and it’s just a matter of time before the next one comes so countries will dedicate their energy and efforts into getting ready for the next wave.
9. More Jobs Will Be Moved Online
Career experts believe that once companies and their employees get a taste of working from home there will be no turning back. Many organizations that were previously adamant to try working from home before will be more open to it now that they’ve seen how it can fit into their organizations. More employers will be offering remote work or work from home options, others will move their operations online either partially or fully after realizing how much more productive their teams can be in this work set-up. Discussions among career experts before touched on working remotely like the way of the future and we will take a big leap towards that once this pandemic is over.
8. We Will Move More Activities Online
It’s not just work, but other activities will be moving online as well. People have now discovered that they can do so much online and get real fulfillment out of interacting with friends and family online that this move will continue even after the pandemic is over. More online communities will be created and nurtured, it’s not just online karaoke and virtual pubs that will flourish, others online spaces for socializing will be opened as well. We will see more online gyms, online schools, and other online establishments as people move more interactions online.
7. More Focus On Hygiene
You will see more people washing their hands, cleaning their spaces, disinfecting their homes, cars, and offices. Now that we have seen how something as minute as a virus can wreak havoc on people’s lives we will be more mindful of our surroundings. We will spend more time cleaning, afraid of an invisible enemy. People who never washed their hands after going to the bathroom before this pandemic happened will change their ways. Countries will enforce new mandatory cleaning and sanitation standards. This focus on hygiene will inturn fuel businesses that supply cleaning products— soap and disinfectants will have their moment.
6. More Widespread Use of Telemedicine
Telemedicine, or the practice of providing and procuring health services such as a doctor’s check-up using software, an application, and a computer at home, will be used more widely. Others who shunned this before will be more open to it now. Telemedicine will become an important aspect of every country’s healthcare infrastructure. This also means hospitals will be modernizing their systems, and healthcare professionals will adopt more technology-driven ways to deliver their services to people who will choose not to visit in person. Many will also opt to have themselves checked online to limit physical contact with other patients.
5. School Systems Will Be Restructured
Teachers are now trying to adapt to the new norm, learning online tools and ways to conduct classes remotely and once schools realize that this is a viable option, more classes will be offered this way even after the pandemic is over. More universities will incorporate online lectures to their classes to reduce the professors’ and the students’ travel time. Education will be brought to students’ homes.
As educators learn the tools and get used to the system, they will look for ways to offer more of this in the future and spend time improving how they can conduct lessons from the comforts of their home.
4. We Will Limit Physical Touch
We will never see physical touch the same way again. After this pandemic, some gestures like shaking hands, holding hands, giving a pat on the back or shoulder will somehow be reserved to people close to us. We will be wary of touching strangers in fear of contracting germs or another virus. We will feel more vulnerable in the presence of others especially those we don’t know and find more comfort in the absence of people. We will find solace in isolation and find ourselves questioning if certain activities really need to be done in person. “Can this be done online instead?”
3. We Will Focus More On Our Health
This includes making more home-made meals using fresh fruits and vegetables, stocking up on vitamins, or engaging in more exercise after realizing how valuable our health is and how much we need to take care of our bodies. We will get our bodies ready to fight the next wave of viruses, and that means focusing more on our diet and lifestyle. After seeing how easily this virus can ravage our health, people will be mindful of the way they take care of themselves, they will think twice before missing an annual check-up.
2. More Will Adopt Minimalism
More people will focus on essentials after realizing how little they really need to survive. This experience has taught us that everything else is clutter and noise and there are so many we can live without. This pandemic will impact consumerism and change people’s buying habits. They will think twice before spending all their hard-earned income on things they don’t need and think about saving more just in case another crisis hits. They will focus more on essentials like food and do away with senseless spending on their wants because if there’s one major lesson this pandemic has taught us well, it’s that we need to save for a rainy day.
1. Renewed Public Trust in Science
People will turn to science for answers, there will be renewed trust in the expertise of scientists, researchers, and academics among others. These people will be very busy even after the pandemic because they will be consulted more, more people will depend on them for answers. There will be a shift in public discourse to include more expert opinions. Science will crush fake news. Politicians and other policymakers will turn to experts and scientists to guide their decisions. They will champion scholars and scientists and support scientific research and discoveries. Discussions will be based on scientific methods and findings.