The year 2020 has indeed been a year filled with a lot of calamities and unexpected endings. There has been a lot of conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the one that suggests that it is being used as a strategy to install and globalize the 5G technology.
Despite these various theories, the only fact still remains that the virus is still very much alive, and taking its toll on the general populace, regardless of skin colour, class, position or race. Interestingly, this new wave has seen the world adjust to the new norm and build another life for the coming generation, post-COVID.
Be that as it may, things may never be the same and the world may most likely not return to the way it formerly was before the era of the pandemic. In light of this, here are some changes to look out for, when it is all over.
New Business Strategies: The pandemic really had a massive effect on businesses, both small and large scale. As a result of this, a lot of haphazard, but crucial decisions were being made. In Nigeria, a lot of businesses had to shut down, giving the upper hand to essential services such as food chains and health hubs.
In the nearest future, this is still expected to be the norm. Though most businesses would bounce back right after the pandemic, a new structure would have been set to fit into any upcoming disasters such as the outbreak of a deadly virus. Hence, new rules and laws would be enacted to guide every process, leaving room for circumstances like this. It would also involve a lot of trial and error because truth be told, no one in this generation has actually experienced a pandemic before, with the last one taking place over 100 years ago. So brace up, and embrace the new reality.
Work From Home Will Be The New Cool: When the pandemic began to hit other countries aside from China, the original break out city, everyone was scared and sceptical about what survival would look like, especially with regards to work. However, it didn’t take donkey years for businesses to begin to realise that in order to flatten the curve, workers needed to stay at home, except of course those on the frontline, including health workers.
Right now, it seems almost irrelevant to hit the road, in a bid to catch up a meeting at the office, with several online meeting platforms being set up, having a proven track record of efficiency in the last 3 to 4 months. Each day, businesses are seeing the need to keep their staff at home, working of course, but with limited contact to the outside world, especially if doesn’t require a life-giving service. This will continue to be the tradition, and though things might get more flexible as the days go by, it would never truly return to its original state, as it also cost-effective on the side of business owners.
Better Health Infrastructures: Countries that neglected their health sectors, were the worst hit during this pandemic. The health sector received a sudden beam of light, and right now the health workers are being regarded as the world’s superheroes. As a result of this sudden situation, a lot of countries and governments have begun to shift focus to the health sector, seeing that they are utterly impossible to ignore, as the health and well being of a country, largely depends on its health workers.
Times have changed, and the health sector has seen a new dawn of dominance which might actually never be as it were before the pandemic. More careers would emerge in the health field, and the would also a massive drive of interest by young school leavers.
Limited Social Gathering: Remember how we could gather in large numbers without worry, fear, or panic? Well, those days are over. Even though it might be argued that the world would adjust to new guidelines, long after the pandemic has been finally contained, the truth is that things cannot return to its original state. Gathering in large numbers would become a thing of the past, and even if it were to be revisited, it wouldn’t be in the nearest future.
One clever thing about humans is the ability to adapt to even the most difficult situations. Right now, around the world, people are getting used to the idea of limited social gatherings, and after a while, it would become a norm such that referring to large gathering would be like history being retold. It time to get used to this new reality.
Higher Sanitation Level: Since the pandemic is just as deadly as it was received, the world has shifted focus to the rise of better sanitation levels, and this would most likely be passed on the next generation. The production of PPEs, sanitizers, masks and other essential requirements, would go on for a long time to come, and even when the pandemic is over, things might just be left s status quo.
The background fear and panic of contacting another deadly disease would remain, forcing people to always be on the lookout for health and Hygiene processes. There was a time when wearing a mask might have made you look odd, but right now, been seen outside without one, has become discriminatory. Most offices have made extra provision with gears, infrared thermometers, and the likes, and in the nearest future, it might be almost impossible to set up an office without having things like that put in place.
Now is time to begin to build your life around what is to come, post COVID because the truth is the world is moving on, and the pace would be increased tight after the coast has been declared clear. In order not to get stranded in the pre-COVID era, while the world is moving on, its best you begin to get familiar with these new expected changes.
Jenny Soul is a passionate relationships expert, dating counselor and sales coach. She is also a songwriter, performer and mum. When she is not writing, she engages in counselling sessions and motivational speeches to young people.