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The Things That Started In The COVID-19 Pandemic That Will Never Change

February 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted and changed our lives, completely. We all want things to go back to normal as soon as possible, the reality is most of us have probably not yet realized that certain things will not go back to normal after this is all over...Some things that started during the COVID-19 pandemic will just never change.


Table of Contents:

1. Medical PPE is here to Stay

2. The Zoom BOOM

3. Remote Work is the New Normal

4 .Digital Education

5. Travel Restrictions 

6. Social Distancing

7. Restaurants and Bars

8. Economic Woes



1. Medical PPE is here to Stay


Mandated wearing of masks and gloves and other proper Medical PPE at events, stores and workplaces, with the enforcement of new rules still to be determined. A new mask industry is taking root. People want to feel safe. Retail and restaurant customers will want to be served by masked and gloved staff.


2. The Zoom BOOM


Zoom, Google Meet, Skype Meet Now: The pandemic has catapulted video conferencing platforms from a business needs to everyday personal and professional life. These platforms have made the tether to be connected with people no matter where they are, and that will outlive the pandemic. Business travel will decline because platforms such as Zoom can provide acceptable face-to-face communication. People will not necessarily want to go to in-person meetings due to the pandemic.


For example, seniors introduced to Zoom family dinners and play dates with grandchildren are hooked, and it is filling part of the void of not seeing loved ones. 


3. Remote Work is the New Normal


The lockdowns have demonstrated that, for many, remote working is a viable way of running a business. This means an employer may need less physical space for the office — which will reconfigure the commercial real estate markets.


That being said, the experience of remote work can vary based on industry, job role and other factors. The fact is it is not for everyone, some people will crave human interaction. The feeling of working alongside colleagues again where they are better able to collaborate, or perhaps to escape the balancing act of work and home duties.



4. Digital Education 

The rapid move to online learning, with many lacking sufficient training, resources or support, has presented challenges and exposed the digital divide that exists between those from privileged and disadvantaged backgrounds. For many teachers, the pandemic has opened their eyes to how profoundly some students are struggling to navigate the demands of school and home life. 


There are some who believe that a new hybrid model of education will emerge after the pandemic, or at the very least underscore the need to rethink the future of education for children in a digital-first society.


Many parents have found themselves facing the enormous task of balancing childcare with a full time job throughout the course of the pandemic, public recognition of the essential role schools play in our society has come into major appreciation.


5. Travel Restrictions 


The pandemic decimated the global travel industry overnight, grounding many of the world’s commercial airplanes and leading to border closures of many countries fearful of a rise in COVID-19 cases from visitors.


As various restrictions ease throughout the world, some believe there will be a shift to booking travel through agents due to their valuable knowledge. Cruise lines, another area of the travel industry that was rocked during the crisis, will likely implement stricter health screenings prior to boarding and enhanced hygiene procedures on the ship, 


6. Social Distancing


It may not stay at six-feet. People are developing new cultural and societal norms about physical distance and closeness. Things such as Plexiglas shields at grocery counters are already in place and will likely never go away.  


Weddings, birthdays and parties in general are something most of us enjoy but the reality is it will never have the grandeur it once did due to social distancing restrictions. 



7. Restaurants and Bars


The pandemic has shuttered restaurants from coast to coast, and how many emerge on the other side of COVID-19 is unclear. There will likely be fewer independent restaurants, and they may operate a little differently.


Right now, dining rooms are closed, restaurants have had no choice but to rely on carry out and delivery opens to continue the much-needed source of revenue. Delivery options will likely continue once the threat of COVID-19 has dissipated, whether it be the restaurant’s drivers or the use of third-party delivery services such a DoorDash, Grubhub or UberEats


8. Economic Woes


It is very likely that the economic impact of the pandemic will be comparable with the Great Depression, the period of devastating economic decline between 1929 and 1939, which saw mass unemployment, job loss, and business closures. The drastic economic downturn during the pandemic may further highlight the need for people to have emergency savings and having lasting effects on North Americans in the years to come.


COVID-19 has changed how we live, work and communicate. Many changes that started are here to stay for better or worse. Stay safe and wear proper Medical PPE.

*This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Please follow the advice of your local health authorities when making decisions about your own health and the people around you.
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