Now that we’ve been living with it for several months, the questions that bother some people are: How is Coronavirus going to change our lives from now on and if we are going to recover fast or rather hard after the pandemic ?
What we know is what the EU told us recently, and they say that the economy will see a fall this year, fortunately a moderate one in some countries, witch will be corrected next year when most probably things will be back to normal or so they say.
As for the other issues, certainly most concerning to everyone, here are some authorized voices expressing their forecasts:
Gerardo Meil, Spanish Sociology Professor, Autonomous University of Madrid:
“Conflicts will be reduced and satisfaction within ‘the couple project’ will increase. It will also help in solving conciliation problems and will facilitate mums’ careers.”
Eva Illouz, Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “The couple can be expected to acquire a new meaning: refuge from the anguish of radical loneliness, a stable source of sexuality, a guarantee of health.”
Isolation can be creative
Joke J. Hermsen, Doctor in Philosophy: “Loneliness expresses the ‘glory of being alone’, because it unfolds new possibilities to connect with ourselves and with others.“
Celia Blanco, Spanish Journalist: “In the ‘new normal’ we are not going to have less sex, but we are going to change it: to digitize it.“
Martín Caparrós, Argentinean Journalist and Writer: “Now that health is the center of our lives we want to eat healthy; now that we cannot dine out, we revalue handmade food.“
David Lois García, Spanish Researcher at the TRANSyT-UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Transport Research Centre):
“This crisis represents an opportunity for sustainable mobility; it should not be used as an excuse to throw progress out of the window.“
The desirable will give way to the essential
Stephan Lessenich, German Sociologist and Professor at the University of Munich: “With life on hold, the parameters of the possible, the necessary and the accessible have been fundamentally altered.“
The potential of virtual education
Fernando Trujillo, Spanish Professor at the University of Granada: “We need new training, skills, resources, regulations and a lot of social awareness to perceive the gaps that cross and crack Education.”
Ethan Zuckerman, American Analyst, Director of the Center for Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Teacher at his Media Lab: “Let’s not lose this creativity, this notion that we can make the digital world work the way we want, and not as some entrepreneur thinks it should work.”
Fight for the right to anonymity
Álvaro Bedoya, Peruvian Founder and Director of the Center for Technology and Privacy at Georgetown University: “The arguments in favor of universal monitoring will be more than formidable and quantifiable.”
Luciano Floridi, Italian Philosophy and Information Ethics Professor at the University of Oxford: “Digital technologies can help us a lot if we take advantage of them properly.“
Impacts of Coronavirus over various industries
I bet many of our readers wondered, when they first found out about the ‘killing’ bats in China, whether this species will manage to survive after the global madness and tragedy they caused. How’s going to look the biodiversity from now on and how much careful we’re going to be? Will we succeed in keeping ourselves viruses-free after striving to eliminate all risks arisen? No one has the answer so far but some do argue on the matter.
Iago Otero, Researcher at the University of Lausanne: “A well preserved nature would keep us safe from such diseases. Behind this pandemic stands the deforestation, the agriculture expansion or commerce with certain species, which creates contact between people and animals infected by the virus.”
“The dangers of Coronavirus will not end with this pandemic,” the European Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Kluge also warned, arguing that mental health issues will be more frequent after the pandemic. Kluge said what comes after the pandemic could “haunt us for years” and urged people not to consider turning to alcohol.
Surveys already report women and girls with mental health worsening over the past few months with negative evolution of the pandemic. The subjects said this was duemainly to social media, with one in four stating they have experienced at least one form of abuse, bullying or sexual harassment online during this period. In addition to detrimental impact on girls’ mental health, a study conducted by Plan International UK found that lockdown affected accessibility to period products.
As for the benefits of it – the positive notes the virus brought along for a significant number of persons who were perhaps already on the verge of quitting smoking but just didn’t know how to do it or were simply lacking the drive – news has it that more than 300.000 Britons have quit smoking during the Coronavirus crisis as evidence mounts that the habit leaves them more vulnerable to Covid-19. A further 550.000 Britons have tried to quit, while 2.4 mln have cut down. In Argentine, a cigarette producer state, millions ran out of cigars as the lockdown kept the workers at home and so the stock was soon enough drained out.
This pandemic will have impacts also on the way we dress. ‘How could a virus set new trends whatsoever?’ we might ask.
“Coronavirus is a challenge for the fashion industry but it’s also an opportunity to rebuild it in a way which is better fit for purpose, and that solves for multiple problems,” WGSN’s Fashion Director Francesca Muston argues. “We had issues with supply-chain transparency and ethical trading, environmental impact, seasonal timings and rampant discounting. This is our opportunity to put our industry back together, not as it once was, but as we would like it to be.”
WGSN (formerly World’s Global Style Network) is a trend forecasting company of parent organization Ascential. WGSN was founded in 1998 in West London by brothers Julian and Marc Worth.
According to rumors in the industry, lounge and pajama look-like clothes will make the outfits for the days to come.
Some sectors, such as Pharma, also reported supply crisis: Euthyrox, which helps as drug treatment of thyroid diseases, is missing from Romanian pharmacies since February. Grocery shops are being affected (positively, as sales of bread and bakery products outclassed previous records and / or products lately) with flour and yeast being the most difficult foods to find.
The measures liable to be maintained in place even after the pandemic are, according to specialists, enhanced hygiene practices and protective screening. Yet, “reopening the economy will take more than modified working practices”, reads BBC.