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Post COVID-19 Scenario – Defining the New Normal Human Life
Post COVID-19 Scenario – Defining the New Normal
With the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, the humankind is going through a new and
unprecedented experience. In many countries across the globe, the basic human life has come
to a standstill. There's a growing realization that even after the pandemic is over in the
immediate sense, the world, as we know, may never be the same again. Without any second
thoughts, this is not a prediction for what is to come; instead, it is a window into what is in
store for most of the nations. So, let us now make ourselves familiar with what may happen
in the coming months and how the same is going to affect the general human and social life.
1. Continued Social and Physical Distancing
We no longer have the good old days when people used to rush towards each other and
express their love, affection, and care through physical contact. In the post-COVID-19 era,
maintaining physical distance from everyone around you shall become a compulsion. There
will be limited attendance in workplaces, shops, restaurants, and other similar places as well.
Moreover, there will be proper markers for people to stand in a queue.
2. Human Health shall become a Public Record
Keeping all the data and information related to your health private shall no longer be an
option. A lot of countries around the world have already started using some apps, which
generate a QR code corresponding to a person's health for determining whether he or she can
be allowed entry to an establishment or denied. Such apps also show the travel history of
people and their previous points of contact. Hence, all in all, human beings must remain safe
and secure in all aspects and at all times.
3. Compulsory Health and Temperature Screening
Health and temperature screening shall become a compulsory and viable practice before
entering any public place. Any signs of an increased temperature may result in a denial of
entry at the public places or may even lead to compulsory hospitalization by the concerned
authorities in the worst-case scenario. Therefore, it would be wise enough to admit the fact
that temperature screening shall now be much more in effect and serve as your valid
4. No Travelling for Leisure
It is a matter of fact that yes - the travel and tourism industry has been hard hit by the ongoing
situation of crisis. Managing accommodation shall prove to exceedingly arduous for a
traveler on the lack of proof of him or her not being infected by the novel Coronavirus.
Traveling itself shall prove to be extremely difficult as airlines have been instructed to leave a
seat's gap between the passengers, which shall, in turn, make the air tickets more expensive
than ever before. Passengers shall again be asked to present proof of their well being through
test results and temperature screenings. Besides, the passengers shall require self-
quarantining themselves after every travel for some specific days.
5. Increased Levels of Stress, Confusion, and Anger
The practices of social lockdown and self-isolation are already leading to increased levels of
traumatic stress, anger, and confusion, and the levels are only going to rise in the coming
future. The fear of infection, restricted access to the supply of daily essentials, and the
experience of economic and financial loss are further creating a lot of problems in the day-to-
day life of humans. Consequently, the stress and anxiety levels may soon result in increased
alcohol consumption and domestic and family violence.
6. Closure of Schools, Online Teaching, and Additional Pressure on Working
As children are the most vulnerable class of society, their exposure to the outside world shall
be largely avoided in the future as well. Schools are closed, and online learning models are
already put in practice. However, there shall be extra pressure and burden on the working-
class parents. The real reason behind the same lies in the fact that the traditional sources of
childcare have always been the grandparents, who themselves now belong to the most
vulnerable groups. Hence, young individuals shall go through an exceedingly tough state of
mind and strict schedule while taking care of both their elders and children.
7. Less Face-to-Face Interactions and More Virtual Jamming Spaces
While considering the extremity of the current global situation, people have already begun
avoiding real-time interactions and choosing online communication tools. Even in the post-
COVID-19 scenario, people shall keep using the innovations of the digital world and the
emerging technologies to close the gap of distance between them and others and recreate the
human physical connection.
8. Booking Spaces Instead of Seats in Public Places
The way the virtual life is seeing a lot of innovations and going through many changes, real-
life may experience something similar as well. When it comes to public places like cinemas,
museums, concerts, live shows, and so on, there is quite a possibility that people may look
forward to booking an entire space in the future in place of seats to make sure that they are
not in any physical contact or close quarters with the strangers.
Without any doubt, the coming times shall prove to be challenging for one and all; however,
our best response depends on global cooperation, empathy, and community building that sit
at the heart and soul of our every movement. One can never deny the fact that a productive
workforce and the highly engaged employees can do wonders in dealing with the worst
possible circumstances. Therefore, we should keep calm, make the most out of our skills, and
move the needle steadily by implementing initiatives and strategies that benefit the society
and economy at large.