THE WORLD AFTER COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.
― Quote by Late Mahatma Gandhi
The world as we know is changing. The impact of this novel virus known as COVID-19 is being felt around the world since early this year and the immediate impact will reverberate for the rest of the year till it withers away or medications to prevent it are developed by pharma companies around the world. However, the impact on our lives, our economies, our health and the world at large is beyond quantification. Though the world has been ravaged by pandemics in the past such as the Spanish flu in 1919 and the plague which swept Europe in middle Europe, the impact of this virus in our increasingly shrinking world is all-encompassing.
Here are some ways the world will look after this pandemic has subsided:
Working from home - will be more common than now. Some even go far to say that it would be the “new normal”. As the past few weeks have shown, for a large chunk of the population working in different sectors, working from remote locations is an option which many will exercise.
Virtual interactions- As social distancing becomes a buzzword, it will show its impact on education, entertainment, and shopping, among other sectors. Large swathes of the world population will fulfill their needs by the virtual world and e-commerce industry. We could end up seeing concerts, rallies, parties and get together being held online. Sounds farfetched! Yet the past few weeks have shown us otherwise.
Economic shakeup – The dominance of East Asian powerhouses such as China, Japan, and Korea who have effectively dealt with the virus in their home countries is likely to be strengthened. While the rest of the world struggles with economies losing steam and recession hitting us, these countries are getting their act together and will be the ones driving the world economy to their advantage. Will the world recover in 2020 or the year thereafter? It does seem that impact on billions of human beings will kick in slowly as the impact of lockdowns, deaths, and quarantines is being felt country by country.
It is also possible that the current collaboration between local governments and private firms to deal with this virus is extended in the future. It will be a win-win for both sectors. It will enable innovations and expertise to be shared across platforms.
The way we travel and take holidays will change. Remote locations, smaller carbon footprints, engaging with local communities are some of the trends for the future. Sustainable travel and less travel by flights are also caused by pandemic fears.
Planning by national governmentsfor all types of exigencies such as natural disasters and pandemics will need to be revisited. The unpreparedness by nations of Europe and USA has been highlighted in 2020. Better plans for all crises need to be drawn up by experts in conjunction with the government people.
2020 is the year the world changed and so have we. We look forward to a new day, free from coronavirus soon! Till then stay home and be safe!