“If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.”
My final piece on my 3 part series covering my opinions on the Covid-19 lockdown (links for the other two are available below), I would like to talk about how we would go about getting our lives back together after once countries around the world start to relax their restrictions. So let’s discuss a few ways on the changes that may happen in order to have a life after covid 19.
The impact on tourism has been dark, millions of people are out of a job with most of them not having any possibilities of working from home since tourism is mainly a face to face experience. According to the World Tourism Organisation the percentage of countries being affected, tourism wise, sits at 96% which makes sense considering the current state of things but still puts into perspective exactly how much damage has been done.
We can take a look at a few examples to have a glance at how certain courts are preparing for life after cover 19. One of them would be the Baltic states who are creating a bubble from which they would allow their citizens to travel within their respective countries, we also see the creation of a trans-tasman safe travel zone between Australia and New Zealand as soon as they deem it safe enough to do so. These countries seem to be well on their way to adjusting to life after covid 19.
While these measures cannot be implemented in every country we should take what lessons we can and start to figure out what pointers would we be able to take and add into our own versions of restarting the economy.
Here are a few thoughts that I found particularly interesting from Bryan Walsh, the author of “End times: a brief guide to the end of the world “.
Although devastating in terms of the number of people who died, the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 had fewer society-level impacts, he says.
“It’s something historically that tends to be forgotten, in part because World War One was happening at the same time. But I think if anything like that would happen now, in a much more globally interconnected world, the damage the history would be far greater than what we saw then.”
The Covid-19 outbreak is demonstrating the negative impacts of a globalised world, he says.
And despite huge advances in medical knowledge, we are forced to respond in much the same ways as we did to previous pandemics, Walsh says.
“Despite all our medicine, despite all the technology we have at our disposal, we’re really back to what our ancestors would have had in terms of dealing with these kind of diseases – just stay away from each other in an effort to slow down its spread.
We have technology like 3D printing that might allow companies to actually make many of the components they might need on their own, which would really change things hugely, he says.
“I do not think we’ll go back to the era of just these incredibly complicated supply chains because we’ve just learned how vulnerable they really are to disruption.”
So is it simply a case of learning from our mistakes? what was it that made us so vulnerable despite all of the advances that we have made as human beings?
Just like what Bryan says we are highly unlikely to come out of this pandemic and go about our business the same way again, we are going to look at our channels, our angles and weaknesses that have been exposed and find creative ways of stemming them.
This also has had a big impact on how we connect and communicate with each other, businesses are now realising that they could have most of their employees just continue to work from home, this would save them the costs of office spaces and all the additional costs that come along with either renting or purchasing buildings.
That, however, does not have to be all bad, we as people are learning and adapting like never before and looking at this situation through open eyes will allow us to bring in all these experiences to life after covid 19 and perhaps, change for the better.
If you enjoyed this article please be sure to check out “What we can learn from the covid 19 pandemic” and “Being productive during the lock down” . Also check out this interesting article that brushes more on what Bryan Walsh has to say here.