We are currently living in one of the most unusual and uncertain times in the history of the world. As governments around the world decide to ease the lockdown restrictions in their respective countries, analysts have started to predict how life can look like post-pandemic and what can be the long term effects of it.
Like other major historic moments that the world has gone through in the duration of its recorded history, the COVID-19 pandemic is bound to have its own set of repercussions on the global setting. With all the uncertainty surrounding this global pandemic, the certainty regarding a paradigm shift in the economic and political landscape around the world cannot be denied.
As the world enters a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, experts are trying to find a balance between the resumption of regular life while keeping in mind the limitations of human interaction imposed by the coronavirus.
A lot of leading thinkers from around the world have termed the COVID-19 as the death of globalization, as we know of currently. They argue that this global pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of the idea and structure of global cooperation and that a post-pandemic world will see a lot of countries striving for greater self-sufficiency.
These developments might not be as engrossing for the masses who are looking to understand how their day-to-day life will change post-pandemic. Most individuals, including me, are more interested in the analysis of how the dynamics of regular social interactions will be altered as we live with the coronavirus.
Will we able to shake hands and hug each other or will bumping fists become the greeting of the future? A lot of predictions have been made regarding the functioning of the post-pandemic society. Masks, gloves, and hand-sanitizers will probably become essential carry-along items for anyone stepping out of their house.
What to expect post-pandemic? Is social distancing the new norm?
One of the biggest changes that one could expect after the eradication of the current pandemic is the complete revolutionization of the work culture around the world.
Due to the restrictions imposed from the lockdown of complete cities, different professional organizations have been forced to find innovative ways to keep themselves up and running. This is where technology has helped in preventing the complete immobilization of the physical workplace and its trickling effects on the economy.
Since the advent of the coronavirus and the preventative measures taken against its spread, the trend of working from home has gained immense popularity. Throughout the world, major and minor companies alike have made use of the Internet to allow its employees to work from the vicinity of their homes.
Tech experts and economists around the globe have predicted that the corporate world after the upliftment of the worldwide lockdown will be much more technology centric.
Due to the restrictions on social interactions, employers will be more inclined towards encouraging employees and customers to use technology especially the Internet, as a medium to carry out their work responsibilities from the comfort of their homes. Hence, the future of the marketplace can be immensely geared towards the idea of limiting physical working spaces.
The concept of digital education has been hovering over us for some years now. The prevalence of University endorsed online courses on platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and Udacity cannot be understated.
The popularity and appreciation for these courses from students and teachers alike is a testament to the ease and effectiveness of these online learning platforms. Since the shut-down of educational institutes around the world due to the spread of the coronavirus, almost all schools and universities across the globe have jumped on the bandwagon of Online classrooms.
As a university student, I have been attending online lectures since the lockdown restrictions have been imposed in our city. I believe that online education is the way forward. Online learning systems present the luxury to provide and receive quality education for both teachers and students respectively, from the comfort of their homes.
For the last few years, educationalists have been playing with the idea of the complete digitalization of mainstream education. I think the current situation has provided us an opportunity to seriously consider the possibility of adopting a more virtual approach to education.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly brought the world to a standstill, there is so much uncertainty surrounding the future. Everyone is concerned about how the world will look like after we are successful in defeating the Coronavirus. Although it seems like we still have a long way to go before normalcy restores, some experts have made predictions regarding our future.
Currently, the world is going through the aftereffects of the preventive measures taken by Governments across the world. These include, closure of public spaces and even lockdown of entire cities where the spread of coronavirus is out of control. With social distancing being termed as the only defense against the highly contagious disease.
Large public gatherings have been banned indefinitely and people are preferring to stay indoors where they are not in contact with any potential disease carrier. Eventually, as the restrictions are eased, the psychological effects of the pandemic may result in a societal shift in our approach towards physical interaction. A lot of commentators have predicted a change in our behavior and how we will perceive social and physical interaction with others post-pandemic.
As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the world, doctors and healthcare workers are doing a commendable job of treating patients by putting their own lives at risk.
However, the current global outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed the weaknesses of supposedly well-developed health systems of countries like Italy, the UK, and the USA.
Hence, most countries have now realized the dire need of improving their healthcare facilities in order to avoid any such circumstances in the future. In this regard, telemedicine is gaining increasing prominence within the healthcare sector.
With the need for social distancing as a preventive measure to curb the spread of contagious diseases like the coronavirus, the automation of the healthcare industry seems inevitable.