This Corona Virus Pandemic (COVID19) will change many things across the world. It will change the complete scenario of our healthcare and travel system. It will also affect our life style, we will have to be more careful about nature.
While the corona virus tunnel may appear particularly long and dark, there actually is light at the end of it. As China has done, the world will emerge, somewhat bleary-eyed and bedraggled, into the sunlight. Planet Earth will still be the same, birds will chirp, flowers will bloom, and the grass will be green. However, our world – the world we live in, the world that we conduct our daily lives in, the world that we know so well – will change significantly. We are now entering a new era, call it the Pandemic Period.
It will change how we travel
It is self-evident that international travel is going to change dramatically in the Pandemic Period. The risk of further terrorist attacks has already transformed our journeys. We have long security checks, airports have become fortresses, and planes have been hardened to prevent capture. The risk of infections spreading globally will similarly transform travel. We may well require a health certificate before we travel internationally.
There will probably be testing centers that you will have to go through before you board an international flight. The tests will be fast and accurate. Within a few minutes, you will find out whether you are carrying a particular virus or not and only then will you be able to board a flight. It is likely that these testing centers will have to be placed at every embarkation point (airport, port, highway, etc.) and be run by some government agency under strict privacy safeguards.
Our health records may become publicly accessible. Today, it is our credit score that is accessible for financial institutions to judge at what price they want to us give us loans. Tomorrow it could be our viral score that will be continuously updated and available for different purposes.
It will change healthcare
A vast testing infrastructure will have to be created to continuously keep testing everyone. This will not be cheap and it will be quite intrusive. However, consider the massive social and economic impact of nationwide lockdowns. To prevent another virus from forcing us into a national lockdown, we will have to establish convenient and free testing facilities for everyone.
The Pandemic Period suggests that we may need to provide national healthcare freely to all. Your health is suddenly my problem. We all need to make sure that everyone is healthy, and if they are not, then they should be isolated and treated immediately. To that end, everyone will need to be monitored carefully and some of their health records (such as the viral score mentioned above) will have to become accessible. Moreover, basic health care for all could well become a global public good.
It will change human lifestyle
Human brains need microsecond-level interaction for proper function, which happens best in proximity. If you can get close, then walk side by side, stand back to back, link arms or talk face to face. If you need a couple of meters of social distance, then sing or talk from that range, but still nearby. I predict that people interacting neuro-mechanically will thrive the most during quarantine.
After proximity comes voice connection.
Just a few minutes chat every few days is fine to re-synch emotional circuits, the way parents call kids. Stick to small talk because it’s all about the familiar sound, not the words. Unfortunately, text carries no trust-forming micro-time. Every time we trust the written word, our reservoirs of trust deplete. So don’t use text channels to argue or work through emotions.
Some believe that the Pandemic Period will usher in de-globalisation. Quite the opposite, the Pandemic Period will lead to even more globalisation as we jointly work to solve the world’s problems and address the legitimate needs of all people.