Six Ways In Which Our Post-Pandemic Society Will Be Different

Expect changes in study, work, communication, and technology when COVID-19 is reined in and mankind enters the new normal. When we thought about a post-pandemic society, we think of a very far away event, but the reality is, is just right in the corner.


The future has never been simple to anticipate, and the coronavirus adds to the uncertainty. In order to adapt to a post-pandemic society, we must study different viewpoints on how we will most likely live, study, work, and communicate when we reach the new normal, so, we won’t be taken by surprise.


Innovative Learning Methods

One advantage of school closures may be how districts are experimenting to boost learning at home. Although equitable access to technology remains a barrier, methods that can bridge gaps will be developed. Students in grades K-12 will utilize technology to assist with schoolwork, create objectives, and track progress. According to Arizona State University president Michael Crow, college students may find campus to be optional. ASU is one of several colleges transforming into a new “national service university,” with the goal of increasing enrollment and providing high-quality, low-cost education on a bigger scale.


Work-Life Balance


The future of work will not be entirely distant, but it will also not be concentrated in offices. “It’ll be a mix,” says Martine Ferland, CEO of human resources firm Mercer. Smaller offices will serve as centers for in-person cooperation on occasion, while improved digital technologies, such as better video conferencing, will help workers from home. Employees will be able to organize their work hours to match their schedules if more focus is placed on combining productivity with personal needs. According to Ferland, the ultimate work reward will be flexibility.


Technology is Setting the Standard


Access to broadband has never been equitable. The epidemic highlighted this schism. However, developments in high-speed 5G telecom networks will fuel a surge in industries ranging from telemedicine to banking, education, and transportation, providing quicker connectivity and greater access. “This will be a tidal wave of change,” says David Grain, CEO of Grain Management, a telecommunications-focused private equity firm. More efficient networks will save expenses and assist small companies impacted by the epidemic in reaching new clients and growing.


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Possibilities in the Distance

The internet has enabled millions of individuals to work remotely, but it has also put us at danger of cyberattacks. According to Jesper Andersen, CEO of cybersecurity firm Infoblox, “securing an all-remote corporation is a lot more hard,” let alone a telemedicine office or a network for self-driving cars. Long term, today’s VPNs (virtual private networks) will not function properly with millions of people working from home. Decentralized servers will improve performance, while more complicated ways to log in will improve online security. Definitely, a post-pandemic society will be nothing but equal (or at least trying to be)


Get out and keep out.


Visitors to the United States national parks dropped dramatically last spring, but numbers rose, as did purchases of RVs and motorcycles. According to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, recreationists reported going outside more frequently this year, as well as changing from adventure sports that require travel—skiing, climbing, backpacking—to closer-to-home hobbies like bird-watching, gardening, and bike riding. Many communities shut down their roadways to make way for outdoor eating, public events, and parks.


Two crises on one planet


According to academics at Yale and George Mason Universities, public worry over global warming reached an all-time high in the United States in November. The vast majority of Americans believe that human-caused global warming is true, and they are concerned and even personally accountable. Surprisingly, a study conducted in April indicated that COVID-19 has not superseded worry about climate change, despite reducing media coverage of it. “The issue appears to have grown, to have consolidated,” Yale’s Anthony Leiserowitz said. “I believe that is a really optimistic indicator.”


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