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Life After COVID-19

“When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form — or a species — will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.” -Eckhart Tolle

World is going through a crisis that it had not witnessed in its last 100 years of history. Although we may have faced World War 2, regional conflicts, country formation, country disintegration, economic depression & few epidemics, nothing on the whole has made human society to rethink the way that we are now forced to operate or to live. We have our basic fundamentals of living at question here. Let’s break up based on sectors which may be forced to undergo changes for the future.

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Transportation

The travel of people and goods via air, water and land will have its own meaning for the future. Think about the land movements via bus, car and bikes. While we see car as private and bus as a public transport, this division would no longer be applicable in the future. Can’t buses be used as a way to make movements of goods and hospital equipment's in large quantities within state or district? Can the cars, which are being donated by people to move the other people and goods for the sake of welfare of communities, be considered the same “old” private transport while being used for the common good? We are now moving towards the integrated mobility methods thereby being agile and innovative than ever before.Water boats for example in Kashmir was used for the vegetable trading thereby maintaining the social distance. Even the public transport will be forced to re-consider the distance among its passengers . While we may be tempted to think that these are temporary measure, they will lay the foundation for future modes.

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Education

Education is by far one of the sectors where nothing much has changed right from past century, but as we all know, nothing lasts forever. Though the online learning system has been available for past decade or so, the MOOC system has seen growth much more significant than the normal education institutional degree which is slow to adapt the changing online classroom arena. But with education being one of the last things to be opened after the COVID crisis, its high time that the institutions are to forge themselves into the system of e-learning. With a rapid increase of mobile internet users in India, which is expected to reach 85% households by 2024, technology is enabling ubiquitous access and personalisation of education. Nonetheless, education is shifting from chalk-talk to the one driven by technology, especially the internet. Institutions must make sure that they are able to venture into the online mode as seamless as possible.

Food & Hygiene

Food here refers to both home-made and restaurant foods. While the restaurants would like to make the food preparation as automated as they can, the service automation will be crucial to differentiate and bring masses to their chain of restaurant if they are to provide a human contactless service. Home food will be prepared in such a way that it would increase the immunity of the individual than catering for the taste buds alone. This pandemic has kind of put our immunity system to a reality check. Hygiene is another factor that I would expect the people to take up seriously. People’s price sensitivity would be lowered relative to the high hygiene standard requirements.

Healthcare

In order to reduce our distress on the healthcare sector, lockdown mode was preferred in most of the countries. However, moving forward we must seek to improve the health care capacity in order to reduce the economic and social losses in the world. For eg, Ray et al predicted that If India had not locked down, the amount of cases would be around 161 per 100000 people , which roughly translates to 2.2 million cases. So, in many ways, had there been a procrastination in those efforts, we would have had to accommodate these many people in hospital beds. It is estimated that India’s private healthcare to be four times bigger in overall healthcare capacity, and it has 55 percent of the total hospital bed capacity, 90 percent of the doctors, and 80 percent of the ventilators proving that the Public Government Health care Institutions have to do a lot of catch up. Similarly even the developed countries like Europe too had its own set of struggles against the COVID pandemic with Italy and Spain leading those fronts.

Tourism

Millions of jobs has been lost in the tourism sector owing to this pandemic owing to the travel restrictions in almost all of the countries (94+%) which has had a pandemic outbreak since the start of this year. With public health being the primary aim for the governments, it would take longer time than expected for the normalcy to return in this sector. But Virtual tourism, where still images or videos can be used to stimulate a near-real tourism experience has been on the boom in order to reduce the anxiety of the backpackers who are staying indoors for long time.For eg, a new initiative by The Residence Maldives has begun to showcase inspiring visuals depicting the splendour of travel or bringing back memories from the Maldives. Many countries too are using the social media to bring happiness to the tourism-savvy people by simulating the experience. With advent of tech, innovation like this will continue to rule the roost in Tourism sector.

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Conclusion

One thing that we might infer from all these is that Corona has challenged the very basic of the human nature : Communication, Connectivity and Networking. While human race grew up by hunting in packs and communicating their knowledge, corona is doing its best by distancing the people from each other. The more we try to make this world a global village corona wants us to be at a separated entity. Hence corona can be termed in many ways as a “perfect enemy” for the mankind. While the threat is imminent, humans, as in their past have showcased, will learn to evolve from this tough lesson.

“Mistakes help you evolve. Make them, don’t be hard on yourself, learn from them and evolve.” — Anonymous

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