4 Ways COVID Has Changed the World
Coronavirus shook the world and changed it forever as we know it. Even as restrictions are starting to lift and people are returning to work, we can all still feel the changes that the virus has brought upon us. Between the way that we travel, to the way that we celebrate holidays, here are some of the ways that COVID has changed the world.
Working From Home
Once upon a time, working from home was only an option for certain careers. However, since mandatory lockdowns, more people have learned how to work from home than ever. Even though it’s been around for quite some time, businesses are now starting to embrace it as an alternative way to get work done without having to come into the office. It’s not just something that offices will opt for during lockdown either.
Many people will continue to work from home well into the next year, and possibly beyond. For some people, this is incredibly convenient, and for others, it’s complicated. Having children at home or other working household members can present its own set of challenges.
When the schools shut down, children were forced to continue learning from home. Some learned online, while others were homeschooled by their parents. Certain people thrive off of a homeschool experience, while others have found a considerable amount of trouble staying focused. One thing is for sure, however. COVID has totally changed the way that we learn. Children are more expected to work independently now than they were in a classroom setting. Will it be beneficial in the long run? That’s yet to be determined.
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Basic hygiene is something that most cultures teach children about. However, just washing your hands isn’t enough anymore. People are more aware than ever of ever-present bacteria and germs on surfaces and objects. People have become extremely clean-conscious, some to the point of absurdity. Although more hand washing is always a good thing, living in too sterile of an environment can start to take its toll on your immune system. Only time will tell whether over-cleaning as a result of COVID will negatively affect us or not.
Because of the restrictions on travel, fewer people are doing it. Even though Americans can freely travel between their own region, any plans to travel across the world are now on hold. Hopefully, travel returns to the way that it once was, and people are able to go to other countries without problems. However, for now, much of the world has sectioned itself off into travel bubbles where you can only go within your own area. Even though these restrictions should eventually be lightened, some of the effects of COVID restrictions on travel will stick forever.