What will the “new normal” look like, post-pandemic? There are many predictions about life after lockdown but at this point, all we know is that the “new normal” is going to be very different from life before COVID-19. Here are some predictions about what life will look like post-pandemic, from a variety of different sources.
There will be huge changes in our daily life post-pandemic. According to CNN, mass temperature checks and mandatory use of face masks will be part of the “new normal”, as will empty football stadiums and concerts.
Research about past epidemics offers some insights into what the “new normal” will look like. A recent New York Times article points to a Harvard study, predicting our daily life will be defined by efforts to manage the pandemic. The social impact of the virus on daily life will be substantial:
“Our ability to focus, to feel comfortable around others, even to think more than a few days into the future, may diminish — with lasting consequences. But we may also feel the tug of a survival instinct that can activate during periods of widespread peril: a desire to cope by looking out for one’s neighbors.”
The Atlantic has an insightful article about the “new normal” post-pandemic world. The Atlantic article “I Have Seen the Future—And It’s Not the Life We Knew” offers a glimpse into our “new normal” future:
“As the United States engages in its own agonizing debate about how far to go in easing lockdown measures, I’ve spoken with people in China, South Korea, Austria, and Denmark to get a sense of what they’re witnessing as their countries’ respective coronavirus curves flatten, their social-distancing restrictions abate, and they venture out into life again. And although that life doesn’t look like the present nightmare those still locked in coronavirus limbo are experiencing, it doesn’t look like the pre-COVID-19 past either.”