Coronavirus has created devastation in the United States. Many other places in the world are fairing much better, but no government body ever saw this coming. People have seen loved ones fighting to stay alive, while also trying to prioritize their own health. This has put quite a mental scar on people, such a scar that people around the world will be changed forever. Such as World War I or World War II, this is something the people will carry with them and will change the way the world works forever. Here are some lifestyle changes that you can expect to see in the future.
The United States and many other countries should learn from Japan and South Korea and use masks no matter what virus is haunting our towns and cities. Japanese and South Korean people have always used masks during the winter when the flu season is at its peak. Masks cut down the spread of the virus, whether it’s the flu or Coronavirus. Japan and South Korea haven’t gotten hit by the virus as hard because they have and will always wear masks to protect their health and others’ health when needed.
No matter how “normal” life gets, people will likely never want to get close to strangers again unless it is completely necessary. The concept of social distancing will be difficult to maintain in huge cities such as New York and San Francisco. However, in many other cities, social distancing will be a way of the future. Luckily, humans are adaptable creatures and will be able to adjust to the change. Restaurants and grocery stores will continuously remind everyone to social distance, and hopefully, the people will be happy to comply.
Being Extra Cautious Around Loved Ones
With the surge in coronavirus cases, our loved ones have always been our top priority. Even if you are missing them a lot, when a highly contagious disease is going around, staying away from them is the best thing you can do. With social media and advancements in technology, it has never been easier to stay close to family while miles apart. Facebook, Android, iPhone, Zoom and Skype have made it easier than ever to be “in the same room” with family. This has been a catalyst in staying in touch with family, whether you are down the hall or a million miles away. We can keep our family members and friends safe from viruses while still showing them how much we love them.
More Creative Lives
The pandemic has caused many people to be more creative with how they spend their time. Whether that be renting an RV, getting outdoors, creating a beautiful playground for your young ones, or making fancy meals at home. People are making the most of what they are able to do. After being cooped up at home for what seemed like forever, many people are connecting with nature more or even finding out they have a real knack for a hobby they’ve never tried. Through these difficult times, society is learning much more about themselves.
Cooking creative meals at home has been one of the common lifestyle changes the pandemic has brought. The best part about cooking is that it is just following instructions, so it doesn’t matter how much experience you have with it. If you can read a book, you can cook! There are many free resources out there with delicious recipes. Whether it’s cooking or even painting, you can find a resource to help you. Look on YouTube, Kahn Academy, or just Google to learn anything you desire.
Working From Home
With many companies choosing to move online, people have adapted to an entirely new work environment. Some jobs cannot be set up to work virtually, but many had no choice. Most office workers have found their jobs moving from the office to their own homes. Depending on the type of person you are, this is either a good thing or a bad thing, but no matter how you feel about it, it’s happening.
Once companies find out that not only do their workers still get their work done in an online environment but and they can save money this way, they will be clamoring to make this change permanent. Pollution via traffic reduced drastically during the pandemic. And, employees feel more productive when they don’t have to dread a commute. Remote work also allows employees to have more flexible hours and take care of their children. Who knows, your next home renovation might be a new and improved home-office.
Since parents are seeing that online school can be difficult, especially for younger children, a rise in homeschooling via online schooling will occur. This may also cause a rise in co-ops, where multiple homeschooling parents get together and split pay for a professional to teach their children at home. With co-ops, children can learn important lessons that parents don’t know how to teach, such as band, drama, singing, math, science, and even sports! This allows for a smaller group of children to be around each other, which is important for child development. And, parents will be able to take on more of a role in guiding their children to make a more tailored curriculum for their children. Parents who cannot be home for their children will have the option to place their kids in schools with smaller classes. This allows for a more hands-on approach for students in a safe environment since schools are a hotspot for spreading viruses.
No matter where you are in the world or in your life, many aspects of life are going to change for good. However, this shouldn’t be a negative thing. Embrace the changes that come along with this year. Change is always a good thing. It keeps us growing and adapting. Change is not something to fear but something to revel in. Everyone in the world is dealing with the coronavirus, which has brought a sense of unity. Hopefully, we can come out of these hard times a bit nicer and empathetic for individuals in much more challenging situations. Figure out how to make these life-long changes work for you instead of against you. Learn to go with the flow because the changes come with the opportunity for growth.