It's clear that we will be living with COVID-19 social distancing and lockdown restrictions for some time yet. However, once quarantine measures are lifted, what will our world be like? Let's take a look.
Are We Going to Learn and Evolve Positively Out of This Situation?
Going forward, can we make the best of a bad situation? Absolutely! Here's why.
- The COVID-19 epidemic has already made us kinder — compassion is key right now.
- We could reclaim our work-life balance by working more flexible hours and working remotely.
- Travelling less reduces our carbon footprint, and there's no reason we can't keep this up.
- COVID-19 has exposed serious pay gaps, with many key workers among the lowest paid in society — going forward, we can ensure fairer wages for everyone.
The future, however, is still far off. So, as we move out of quarantine, what can we learn from other countries?
Are the Safety Actions Taken by Other Countries Enough?
While it's still too early in the COVID-19 pandemic to say whether any country is taking enough precautions to open following the quarantine, here's a look at some of the measures introduced around the world and why they may — or may not — be enough.
Hair and Beauty Salons
Countries like the Netherlands and France reopened hair and beauty salons on 11 May. They're keeping customers and workers safe by enforcing gloves and face masks, and restricting the number of customers in the shop at one time.
The main problem is that it's almost impossible for workers to maintain at least a 1.5-metre distance between themselves and their clients, which increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Although most children don't suffer serious COVID-19 symptoms, they can be asymptomatic carriers. So, although the UK government recognises that getting children back to school is hugely important, how will they open the school gates?
China and Denmark have both shown that it's possible to reopen schools so long as social distancing and hand sanitising are strictly enforced. And yet, it's hard forcing children to stay one to two metres apart, which makes social distancing challenging. However, frequent hand-washing and reduced class sizes are sensible measures to enforce.
Food Outlets and Retailers
Shops and eateries in Europe have already reopened. It's still not possible to try on clothes in stores, and many food outlets are drive-through or takeout only. Again, it's all coming down to social distance, but if shops only allow so many customers through the doors, and patrons have minimal contact with food servers when they visit eateries, it's absolutely possible to safely open these venues again.
Can the Crisis Affect the Way We Live Forever, and How?
It's highly likely that the COVID-19 pandemic will shape our lives for years to come — if not forever. Here's why.
COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our mental health. Statistics show that over 32 per cent of UK youngsters with preexisting mental health issues are feeling worse, and 45 per cent of Americans are struggling. Rising unemployment, enduring COVID-19 anxiety, and increased loneliness will only make the crisis worse in at least the medium term.
For many of us, there will be no such thing as gyms, theatres, cinemas, or even restaurant dining for at least the rest of this year. If anxiety around COVID-19 and busy crowds persists, it'll be hard for these venues to survive. In the long term, some venues will never reopen.
It's highly likely that we'll all be wearing masks in public places for a long time, which means they'll become part of our daily wardrobe. Increased sanitising in shops and other public venues will become commonplace.
On a positive note, global air traffic has dropped by 60 per cent, and people are cycling or walking more. Perhaps this is our opportunity to halt climate change.
Whatever life looks like on the other side of the coronavirus, the best way to stay safe is by washing or sanitising your hands regularly. With a bottle of Your Sanitiser on hand, you can protect both yourself and your family from the coronavirus during the quarantine and beyond — buy Your Sanitiser here.