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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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COVID-19: Far Reaching Effects Of The Coronavirus

As the world continues to battle with the coronavirus pandemic, with major countries and communities still under lockdown, there are many who have begun to question the future of humankind and how this world phenomenon will shape the things to come. There is no doubt that every aspect of our daily lives has been affected in some way or the other, and because this has been going on for such a long time, the COVID-19 pandemic will have a profound effect on the future. This article summarizes 6 of the many far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world, be it socio-economic, lifestyle or cultural.

  1. Work from home is definitely in
    In the initial stages of the pandemic, the whole world was on complete lockdown and the only way for corporations to sustain their operations was to enable their employees to work remotely so that jobs were not lost. Now it has become an almost universally acceptable notion that anyone who can work from home should work from home. The same thing goes to educational institutions and religious places, and this is probably how the future would look like.
  2. People with masks and other protective wear
    It has become a common sight to see people outside their homes adorning masks and protective gear at all times. Essential service workers can even be seen with PPEs around them at all times. Regardless of how and when a possible vaccine for the coronavirus eventually comes out, it is very likely that this way of keeping our sensory organs covered at all times is going to become a permanent accessory to our outdoor clothing wardrobe. The time is not far away where designer masks and protective gear would actually be a thing, to match the rest of your wardrobe.
  3. World Leisure travel has changed for good
    The travel and tourism industry has been one of the worst hit of all professions during the pandemic, and the ripple effect is going to be present for decades to come. Vacation travel will have an added layer of research in the form of health and safety issues that would be needed for a potential traveler to decide upon his/her next destination. Airports and for that matter, any public place where people from all around the world can potentially gather, will be places few people might want to go to.
  4. Rethinking of public places
    Social distancing is probably going to become the new normal in the future, and the most profound effects of that would be manifested in public places like Malls, Restaurants, public parks, places of worship along with the cultural, entertainment and religious places. As a simple example, cinema halls would be forced to accommodate a far lesser number of people to satisfy the social distancing paradigm, which could eventually lead to a spike  in fare of the movie ticket itself. This is just the tip of the iceberg though.
  5. Self-Reliance
    The coronavirus pandemic resulted in a lockdown that lasted more than a couple of months in many countries. What this meant was that services that people relied on a daily basis (home help, parlors, meal services etc) were no longer available and people resorted to online ways to learn such tasks so that they did not have to rely on another business or service for the same. People discovered new culinary skills, learnt to trim their hair and take care of their kids themselves. It clearly made the notion of family all the more important.
  6. The rise of Esports
    In the traditional sense, sport is best enjoyed when it is out there in a large Amphitheatre with thousands of like minded people cheering on a group of athletes. With the pandemic, of course such gatherings will increasing become difficult to organize and execute. That’s where the digital domain and the power of modern computer graphics come to the fore. Every major sport in the world has it’s own video game and the sporting events that were cancelled this year resorted to having virtual tournaments in some way or the other. Although Esports still cannot capture the magic of an open arena real world event, the coronavirus pandemic has ensured that the future of sports and athletics is destined to go digital, for better or for worse.

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Azhar Alvi
Azhar Alvi is CEOWORLD magazine’s Global Lifestyle Correspondent. He covers anything and everything related to fashion and travel, whether luxury or business or design.