A pandemic as massive as COVID-19 will change the course of our society in the future. The magnitude of this crisis leaves us in the middle of uncertainty, with a series of bizarre changes that make it hard to keep track of shifts in our society. The world is going through some major transformations which are inevitable or irreversible. Even though it is too early to know exactly how the world will change, here are 10 ways our society might change after COVID-19 pandemic.
Now that countries know the importance of healthcare, more money will be invested to improve healthcare systems. Governments will allocate their resources in research facilities, for the development of vaccines and medicine, as well as in investing on healthcare equipment and supplies.
Telemedicine will be widespread within countries. The new healthcare system in many areas will consist in providing services using softwares, internet and applications. The new healthcare infrastructures will mean hospitals will be modernized by applying telemedicine, and people such as doctors will find new ways to deliver their services.
Besides countries investing on healthcare, people will be more conscious about their hygiene. More people will be washing their hands and cleaning their surroundings amongst other things. Sanitation standards of society will increase.
People will focus more on their health. Junk food will be replaced with fruit and vegetable-based meals, and people will try to stock up on vitamins. Also, physical health will have a major role, having more people motivated to do more exercise to take care of their bodies. Diet and exercise will be very important for us in the future.
Many jobs will be moved online. As career experts predict, when companies, employers and employees get used to working from home, they might adapt to this system forever. Organizations will need to become accustomed to the new structure, and employers will offer work options from home and many will move operations online depending on how productive teams can be in this new setup.
Activities will also be moved online from now on. Society has discovered that many things can be done online; being able to fully interact with family and friends for example by Zoom, is a reality. Online communities will be created and others will continue to grow. Some examples are karaoke, gyms and pubs.
Streaming online will become the new way for content consumption. Since cinemas, live events, concerts and sport events are canceled, streaming will be the dominant way for delivering content to consumers. Even though live events might return eventually, perhaps more people will choose to see events from home that are broadcasted live rather than in person, which would be more expensive.
After the pandemic, school systems will be restructured, bringing education to students and teachers’ homes. Now that teachers are adapting to online learning tools and systems, schools might notice that this is an accessible option, leading to more classes being offered using this system to complement traditional in-person-classes. Universities will be encouraged to increase online lectures and use new learning modalities. These changes in education will lead to further innovation in learning systems such as interactive apps, television broadcasts and digital platforms, allowing students to develop digital skills.
5. Physical touch
Physical touch may be limited and we will never have it the same way. Many daily common gestures such as shaking hands, holding hands or even giving a pat will be less frequent in our surroundings. People might also be more cautious about touching strangers due to the fear of being transmitted a disease and will become more vulnerable in the presence of others.
People will adopt a minimalist lifestyle by mainly focusing on essentials and necessities which are crucial to survive. COVID-19 will drastically impact consumerism by shifting people’s buying habits, incentivising the saving of money for the future.
3. Internet infrastructure
Internet has been an essential tool for almost 20 years, and now, its infrastructure will have to grow. Since more and more people will now be using the internet, its network and infrastructure will need to grow in order to preserve our connections and reach everyone. This new infrastructure will have to cover rural areas and be affordable for people with a low income. People such as older adults will also need to develop skills to adapt to the use of the internet for most of their necessities.
2. Public trust in Science
Now that scientists are our main source of information for the pandemic and research for a solution, people will turn to science for answers in the future. Trust on scientists, researchers and scientific academics will be renewed. People will rely more on expert opinions, and discussions will be based on scientific facts, methods and findings.
Last but not least, will social media in the future be a savior or a social destroyer? People now depend on social platforms to share and obtain information. However, social media is unable to filter the right information to be delivered to prevent incorrect information from becoming a trend, leading to misinformation. These incidents will cause media platforms to strengthen policies and content censors to prevent sharing fake news or facts.