Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t be sure if the storm is really over. But one thing is certain, when you come out of the storm the world won’t be the same.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down in so many ways. From lockdowns, social distancing to working from home, our daily routines have been completely renewed. Our lives after the lockdown will no longer be the same. There will be radical changes in how we work, commute, socialize, and communicate. Here are a few changes that might be seen in the future.
- From handshake to “Namaste” – The Namaste is a form of greeting used in India that does not involve contact with the other person, unlike a handshake. With social distancing being encouraged, we will see more and more people ditching the handshake because of the risk a handshake carries in a post-COVID-19 world.
- E-learning – With the pandemic resulting in school closures across the world both teachers and students have had to quickly get comfortable with remote classrooms. Across the world, the power of the internet is used to deliver knowledge to the students. Online classes are being held that have ensured that the absence of a physical classroom does not stop the learning of students. This could signal a change in the way students learn in a school after the pandemic ends.
- Fare > fear – The bustling terminals now resemble ghost towns. With people expected to be scared of flying for a long, long time, aviation experts say there will be a drastic reduction in flights across the world. Besides the fear, there are the fares. New social distancing measures, which will mean a cut in passenger load, enhanced health checks at airports and could all lead to a spike in fares.
“Once the social distancing protocol is implemented, we may have a significant increase in fares which will restrict travel to certain segments with a propensity to pay.”
-Kapil Kaul, CEO& Director, CAPA South Asia
- Unemployment – The coronavirus has changed the job market almost overnight. The global outbreak has seriously impacted the economy and job security. It will have long-lasting, game-changing complications. There will be sectors, companies, and workers that may benefit from this near-tragedy, like the healthcare sector, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists. Unfortunately, we will also witness industries that are severely harmed. Like the public transport since people will prefer private transport for their safety. People will lose their jobs and have extreme difficulties finding new ones.
While we may be in lockdown at present, we should prepare ourselves mentally for the changes going to take place post-COVID-19. This will help us adapt and emerge as stronger individuals.