Once this Coronavirus pandemic is over, we shall get back to normal but life is expected to be different. Changes are inevitable in post-COVID daily life.
Below, influenced by data gathered from a few known futurists, we are sharing some fascinating insights on how things may play out in the immediate wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and for years to come.
Some of the massive shifts in our lives will be unsettling and inconvenient. Others could point us toward a better future.
Assuming that the pandemic is largely contained by June 2020. This is what the timeline would look like.
- People still very cautious about stepping out of the house, and maintaining hygiene habits (e.g. washing their hands, and not touching their noses, mouths, and eyes with their hands).
- We would have reached a global slowdown/recession by June 2020. All the businesses would have lost a fortune.
- The majority of daily wage earners would have been affected. The reason is very simple. The daily wage earners don’t come with the mindset of storing for a rainy day. They earn and spend. Earn and spend. They would be the highest hit segment of society.
- People still won’t travel to international destinations.
- All the regulatory deadlines would have been extended to July/August, so people who work in reporting or with the government entities would have a lot of paperwork to be completed.
- The pollution levels would have drastically reduced. Maybe even Delhi will be breathable again. But this prediction might be too far-fetched.
- We would likely see an increase in the divorce rates because such situations bring the worst out in everyone. If in a joint family, there might be altercations that might be beyond repair. Some families, however, would come out with stronger bonds.
August 2020 – September 2020
- The adventurers would start traveling again, but in small numbers. Maybe not to the countries that were worst hit by the pandemic. Tourism to Europe and the US would take a hit, and travel to countries that didn’t get affected much would increase.
- The events that were postponed as a result of the lockdown would start taking place somewhere in August – September. The number of events would be rather small, which means the economy would start picking up again, but only marginally.
- People would start going out again. To the malls, restaurants, parties, but not as frequently, yet. Netflix and Amazon would start taking a dive because people would be bored of these platforms by then.
- Someone would write a book titled “Life is so different after Corona”. It would be a massive hit.
- Divorce rates still climbing.
October 2020 – December 2020
- Hiring freeze lifts up as the number of projects starts increasing. More job opportunities for the people who have lost their jobs in the recession.
- The number of parties, events start to climb up. All the new year parties would be themed “life is so different after Corona.”
- Retail shopping starts to pick up again as consumer sentiment improves.
- The stock market starts climbing up again.
- Everyone flies back home to spend a vacation with their families if they were self-isolating.
- The friends start getting together and reminisce “life is so different after Corona”
- Teenagers who started helping their moms with the housework during Corona flee the house at the first chance. Same with husbands who started helping their wives with washing the dishes and cooking.
January 2021- March 2021
- Our favorite – Corona babies are born.
- Someone else would write a book “One year after Corona”, it would be a hit.
- Tourism starts looking more and more normal.
- Trump takes all the credit for eradicating Corona.
- North Korean dictator takes …..
- US, Europe and China make memorials dedicated to the people at the frontline during the Pandemic.
April 2021 – June 2021
- Life is largely back to normal. All the events that are organized are themed “Life after Corona”. Even the Academy Awards.
- Fashion weeks are inspired by Corona.
- Environmental pollution almost back to regular levels. Delhi goes back to being non-breathable.
- People who developed habits of calling their families back home on video calls, start ignoring their calls once again.
- People continue to hoard stuff, and more so, because they might need it anytime.
- People forget almost all the self-reflection that they did while isolating.
- People go back to their old habits of not washing their hands as often as they should.
- Daily wage earners start getting paid again, and go back to their old habits of not saving for the rainy day.
This period would be full of individual inspirational stories from this period. People would write books about it, and Hollywood and Akshay Kumar would make movies on it.
There would be Netflix documentaries on it. Some celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian might sell their video footage during self-isolation to streaming services.
There would be multiple conspiracy theories about this period. The medical infrastructure and research of countries might increase manifold.
Life would largely go back to as it was prior to the pandemic. People who have lost their loved ones would mourn for a while.
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