As the ripple of COVID-19 swaging around the globe, it’s forcing humankind to innovate and change the way we work and live. The upside of where we find ourselves right now is that individuals and corporations will be more resilient in a post-COVID-19 world.
Here are five predictions of what our world may look like once we have left the pandemic behind.
1. Strengthened Digital Infrastructure
COVID-19 caused people to adapt to working from home and in isolation. By forcing our collective hand to find digital solutions to keep meetings, lessons, workouts, and more going when sheltering in our homes, it allowed many of us to see the possibilities for continuing some of these practices in a post-COVID-19 world.
For me, I realized that traveling to other countries just for a meeting isn’t always essential, and I have learned that video calls for all kinds of meetings (yes, even board meetings) can be equally effective.
2. Fortified Personal Hygiene
World Health Organization has recommended a number of preventive measures in order to protect people from the deadly virus. The personal hygiene measures among them namely; Don’t touch your face, Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands, Keep your distance, wash your hands frequently.
It is expected that these measures wont depart from us after the pandemic is behind the world. More people will prefer to keep hand sanitizers with them. Wearing of nose mask will be fashioned as most fashion designers have attached to their works of late.
Even though technology has made significant contributions to health with the increased use of electronic medical records(EMR), telehealth services like Vodafone Healthline in Ghana. But COVID 19 has made us more aware of the risk in social gathering. To curb traffic at hospitals and other healthcare practitioners’ offices, many are implementing or reminding their patients that consultations can be done through video.
Rather than rush to the doctor or healthcare center, remote care enables clinical services without an in-person visit. Some healthcare providers had dabbled in this before COVID-19, but the interest has increased now that social distancing is mandated in many areas.
4. More Online Shopping
Although there were many businesses that felt they had already cracked the online shopping market, COVID-19 taxed the systems like never before as the majority of shopping moved online. Businesses who didn’t have an online option faced financial ruin, and those who had some capabilities tried to ramp up offerings.
After COVID-19, businesses that want to remain competitive will figure out ways to have online services even if they maintain a brick-and-mortar location, and there will be enhancements to the logistics and delivery systems to accommodate surges in demand whether that’s from shopper preference or a future pandemic.
5. Rise in Esports
Sporting events, organizations, and fans have had to deal with the reality of their favorite past-times being put on hold or seasons entirely cancelled due to COVID-19. But esports are thriving. There are even e-versions of F1 car racing on television, and although it might not be the same as traditional Formula 1 racing, it’s giving people a “sports” outlet.
Unlike mainstream sporting events, esporting events can easily transition online. Similarly, to events, I predict more hybrid sports coverage where physical events are complemented with digital offerings.
COVID-19 might be taxing our systems and patience, but it’s also building our resilience and allowing us to develop new and innovative solutions out of necessity. In a post-COVID-19 world, I predict we will take the lessons handed to us by our time dealing with the virus and make our world a better place. What do you see in the future?
Source: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu