The coronavirus pandemic is taking over the world. A majority of countries are initiating strict lockdown protocols to break the chain of coronavirus spread. Whether we like it or not, we have to remain in isolation to prevent getting infected or transmitting the virus to others. From work to school to weekend plans, everything has changed after COVID-19.
Life During COVID-19 Outbreak
The tables have completely turned after the global outbreak of COVID-19. Airline and tourism industries all over the world are facing the biggest crises of all time. The tourism industry achieved new heights in the past few years. The year 2020 was expected to see an increase in emerging markets and new destinations. But who would have thought that governments would put strict bans on traveling?
Food lovers and socialites around the world are in utter despair, as they cannot go out and have a bite at their favorite restaurants. Trying out new eateries has become out of the question, as governments issue orders to shut down all dine-in areas at restaurants and cafes. Ordering food is still an option. But it comes with the risk of bringing the virus into your house from the outside environment.
Many offices are adopting a work from home policy. Previously, remote work sounded off-putting for workers, but it has now become a privilege in current situations.
We can go on and on about how life is turning after the outbreak. But have you thought of how we will be leading our lives after the pandemic is over? Is self-isolation nowadays going to affect our life later on? It definitely will. Let us see how
10 Ways Our Daily Lives May Change Post COVID-19
After the COVID-19 outbreak, we experienced numerous changes in our daily lives. Whether it is being more concerned about personal hygiene or finding ways to kill boredom, we are becoming more used to new circumstances. These habitual changes are more likely to stay with us throughout our lives. Here, we are going to see the ten possible ways life will change after the COVID-19 outbreak.
We Will Continue To Be Better At Hand Washing
We already knew the importance of handwashing, yet we took it for granted. Living in an era suffering from a pandemic, we are washing our hands 10 to 20 times a day. Washing hands properly is the best way to prevent virus transmission. Before the fear of corona infection, you normally wouldn’t go to wash your hands before having a snack on your desk. Now, it is a cardinal sin to not wash your hands before and after eating.
Even people with a habit of washing hands did not necessarily wash the ‘right’ way. Washing hands for a few seconds is ineffective. From lathering soap to scrubbing your hands and rinsing off, make sure you’re taking at least twenty seconds. One good thing that came out of the Corona outbreak is that people have learned to wash their hands slowly and properly.
Overall Improvement In Sanitation
It is not just proper handwashing that people have become more mindful of. To keep themselves and their family safe, people are now focusing on maintaining other hygiene practices as well. Usually, disinfecting doorknobs, window panes, kid’s toys, and other surfaces were part of only the extremist cleaning regimens. Now, however, using disinfectants and wiping surfaces every couple of hours has become the new normal.
Having better sanitation in our homes and workplaces is key to preventing COVID-19 transmission. It can also help in maintaining a better and stronger immune system, which is pretty much what we need right now.
While everyone wants the pandemic to end soon, it’s in our best interests to maintain hygiene and cleaning practices we embraced during the quarantine.
We Will Become Better Cooks
More people are now cooking for themselves during self-isolation. Either they are cooking out of boredom, or they don’t have anyone to cook for them. Or, it’s likely that you have to cook more food because your family members are at home all day due to the quarantine, and frozen meals can only take you so far. Also, it is not advisable to eat takeout food during a viral outbreak.
The lockdown has led more people to cook by themselves. Even people lacking basic cooking skills are trying to get imaginative by recreating their favorite foods at home. There are several opinions on how long the quarantine will last, but the situation is pretty unpredictable. Whether you feel stuck at home or enjoy your time, you are likely to cook more often.
You might even want to experiment with ratios and food combos and come up with your own recipes. Those who have to cook during self-isolation will probably become better cooks.
The lockdown and self-isolation have lead people to panic about food. Foods like pasta and frozen vegetables are in short supply at markets. But the good news is that there are plenty of fresh foods available in grocery stores. People now have to make meals out of what they have. This will help them in making healthy and wholesome meals with basic and cheap ingredients.
Work From Home
Work from home is the new norm after the Corona virus outbreak. Corporate culture is experiencing a major shift after the outbreak of COVID-19. We have never seen a huge population working from homes as we see now.
While certain professionals like doctors and laborers cannot work remotely, but thanks to digital advancement, it is easy for a majority of organizations to lead their employees from home.
For many employees, working from home was a tough start. Not everyone can achieve the same level of productivity as in their workplace. For most people, the comfort of the home makes them lazy and more likely to procrastinate. Many people admit that they watch TV shows or movies while working at home. Meanwhile, others find that their house is too noisy because of kids or younger siblings.
But the fear of getting infected from a deadly virus has left us with no option other than to work from home. So people are working from homes regardless of the ups and downs. They are becoming more productive as the days are passing and are adjusting better to the new work settings.
After the pandemic is over, people might not want to go back to offices. And why should they if they are working fine from the comfort of their homes? Corporate leaders would save up a lot on their utility bills and rent on the workplace.
The Corona outbreak may introduce the concept of ‘virtual offices.’ It could be a win-win situation for both the employees and employers.
People in quarantine need to order groceries, medicines, and other necessities from retail shops or online companies. The problem is that the COVID-19 virus can stay transmissible on certain solid surfaces for up to 9 days. Hence, there are chances that you can come into contact with it through delivery packages. This is why companies have introduced contactless delivery.
Package handlers wrap packages with extra layers of plastic or foil. The handlers put the packages into bags and seal them properly. The delivery person delivers all the packages very carefully. They have to wear gloves and masks to ensure that they don’t cause any contamination. The receiver should then discard all the packaging right away.
People have become very cautious in their daily lives, especially in countries where the trajectory of emerging cases is high. Companies may continue to practice contactless delivery even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
People May Become More Religious
The Coronavirus outbreak is the biggest epidemic in recent history. It is a fact that people turn to religion when they face a major crisis. Similarly, people of all faiths are turning to acts of worship in an attempt to better their odds. Despite a ban on congregational prayer in places of worship, they are praying from the safety of their homes.
None of the pandemics before have caused any kind of ban on religious gatherings and pilgrims. But unfortunately, as for COVID-19, most Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, and temples are shut down indefinitely in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.
For religious individuals, the outbreak may have strengthened their faith in their deities. They may think that only their God can save them from deadly diseases and plague. So, it is entirely possible that religious organizations may gain more followers after the pandemic subsides.
Goodbye To Handshakes And Kiss On The Cheeks
Handshakes, hugs, and kisses are a big no for greeting friends and family. Firstly, you should refrain from meeting your friends and relatives unless it is essential. Verbal greetings can suffice when you meet one another. Initially, it was harder for all of us to refrain from handshakes, but now we are better off avoiding it.
But for some people, verbal greetings aren’t enough. They have come up with alternate ways to meet without direct contact. People in South Korea are opting for deep bows. The French are tapping elbows or shaking their feet instead of shaking hands. People in India have turned back to Namaste (the traditional act of greeting by joining both the palms together.) Interestingly, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu also suggests greeting with a Namaste.
The alternatives to handshaking may get a permanent stance in different cultures. There are fair chances that people will continue greeting in these new ways, even after the outbreak ends. Either due to force of habit or being mindful of personal hygiene, handshakes and kisses may become less frequent for salutations.
The Spread Of Online Learning And Telecommuting
Businesses and schools are heavily relying on the internet to keep operations running. Many tasks that involved face-to-face contact are now gradually shifting to cyberspace. Telecommuting and online learning are becoming more common than ever. Nonetheless, there are challenges and benefits to internet-based work.
Once we overcome these challenges, we will be left only with the merits of telecommuting. After the crisis is over, businesses and tuition may continue to go online.
Online Streaming For Consuming Content
As movie theaters close and organizers cancel concerts, streaming has become a dominant way to deliver content. From sporting events to concerts, homebound fans will stream prime events for an in-large audience.
Live events will return after the crisis is over. But many fans and consumers will have grown accustomed to the comfort of their homes. They would prefer to stay at home and stream live shows rather than paying for expensive tickets.
Spending More Time With Family
Whether it is work, studies, or our social lives, the truth is that most of us have become distant from our family members. People with busy schedules don’t take out enough time to talk to their family members. One of the biggest advantages of quarantine is that people get to spend more time with their loved ones.
Spending time with family can help people realize what they have been missing out on. They will learn to value the time they get to spend with their siblings, spouse, children, or parents. They will get used to seeing each other a lot. After the crisis ends, they will surely enjoy spending time with one another at home. This is sure to strengthen family relationships.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of distress and panic globally. Our lives have changed so much in such a short time. On the bright side, self-isolation and taking precautionary measures is teaching us ways to improve our lives. We may end up staying cleaner, eating better, and finding innovative solutions for work and studying after we get away from this crisis.