Future scenarios of life post covid? We have them here. As COVID-19 is still going around the globe, it’s forcing humankind to innovate and change the way we live. That includes how and where we work, go out, and in what ways we do normal things. The upside of where we find ourselves right now is that individuals and corporations will be more resilient in a post-COVID-19 world.
COVID-19 caused many people around the world to start working from home for safety measures. People have to find digital solutions to keep meetings, lessons, workouts, etc. going. Now we found ways to do that from the comfort of our own houses. This allowed many of us to see the possibilities for continuing some of these practices in a post-COVID-19 world. Nowadays much more people know that it is possible to work from home. That knowledge alone gives the digital world a lot of new customers and workers. Maybe in the future, much of the population on Earth will work remotely online.
Thanks to our technology, we are able to see the effects of the pandemic in real-time. The lessons we are receiving from this experience will inform how we monitor future pandemics by using internet of things technology. National or global apps could result in better early warning systems because they could report and track who is showing symptoms of an outbreak. GPS data can track the location of exposed people and who they have interacted with to show contagion. Any of these efforts require a careful implementation to safeguard an individual’s privacy. It also needs to prevent the abuse of the data but offer huge benefits to more effectively monitor and tackle future pandemics.
Many health care providers and professionals are now open for telemedicine or virtual consultations. Initially, this was done to curb traffic at hospitals and other healthcare practitioners’ offices. Many of them are implementing or reminding their patients that consultations can be done through a video. Rather than rush to the doctor or healthcare center, remote care enables clinical services without an in-person visit. Some healthcare providers had dabbled in this before COVID-19, but the interest has increased now that social distancing is mandated in many areas. Maybe in the future, as the human population on Earth is increasing, this will be a standard procedure.
By now we are all familiar with online shopping. Some of us prefer it over going to the mall, others not so much. Either way, people didn’t have a choice during the covid pandemic, so they had to stick to online shops. That may stick around longer, as it is easier to purchase things you need with one click. Maybe in the future, there would be much fewer real shops and people will order everything online. During covid, businesses who didn’t have an online option faced financial ruin, and those who had some capabilities tried to ramp up offerings.
Organizing an event in real life has many aspects to it. But doing so online can cut that list a lot. However digital events have both pros and cons. For example, imagine you are taking place in technology debates in the Houses of Parliament in London. Recently they began doing virtual events and they go very well and actually had more people attend. They don’t have to worry about experiencing a capacity issue as they do with an in-person event. Also, there were attendees that were wogging in from all around the world. While we don’t predict that this will be an end to in-person events after COVID-19, we do believe event organizers will figure out ways the digital aspects can complement in-person events. We think that there will definitely be a rise in hybrid events, where parts of the event take place in person, and others will be digital. Rise in Esports
Sporting events had to deal with the reality of their favorite past-times being put on hold or entirely canceled due to COVID-19. However, right now esports are thriving. There are even e-versions of F1 car racing on television. Unlike mainstream sporting events, esporting events can easily transition online. Similarly to events, we predict more hybrid sports coverage where physical events are complemented with digital offerings.
COVID-19 might be taxing our systems and patience, but it’s also building our resilience and allowing us to develop new and innovative solutions out of necessity.
Autor: Mihaella Ahchieva