COVID 19: LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT HAVE COME TO STAY
Not many predicted the year 2020 to be the year of lockdowns and physical distancing. While the Coronavirus has crippled economies across the world and impeded the lifestyle of millions globally, the pandemic has also enforced some changes that may well remain post covid 19.
These are some of the lifestyle changes that may well remain after covid 19
COVID19 has made working from home the new normal. Employers have now embraced the idea of their staff working from home, and business meetings can now be held on zoom or Skype. Working from home is not limited to private companies only, as government workers are also charged to work from home.
Beyond Coronavirus, there is the tendency that companies would permanently embrace the work from home options for their staff as a solution to long hours in traffic caused majorly by bad road networks.
A report says 74% of business leaders plan to modify their work structure to accommodate permanent remote positions after the COVID19 pandemic.
Most of them cited a reduced cost in real estate expenses at the same time, employees benefit by saving on transportation costs and office meals.
The pandemic popularised worshipping online among religious faithfuls. Although some religious services broadcast their service online, most people of faith would rather physically attend religious gatherings than join the service online.
However, with the advent of COVID 19, online worship has gotten more popular. Members now use Whatsapp, Telegram, Facebook and other digital platforms to fellowship together pending the time the restrictions on religious gatherings would be lifted.
Digital markets owners are one of the biggest winners of the Coronavirus pandemic as more people are forced to shop online rather than risk going to a physical store during covid 19 times. Amazon for instance, announced that it made sales of $75.4bn in the first three months of the year.
As more people begin to enjoy the comfort of getting groceries delivered to their doorstep, there are indications that it would be a practice that would continue after the pandemic is over.
As of July, 5, a total of 111 countries implemented partial or full closure of schools or universities affecting over a billion learners globally. At the same time, Many educational institutions began offering online courses to ensure education was not disrupted by quarantine measures.
Post COVID 19, it is believed that many more would further their education via distance learning.