How we’ve adapted to living with Covid-19
Covid-19 has shaken our global societies to its core. With reports now saying intial contact with this virus may have began around this same time last year. We’ve had to adjust on so many levels in life. School has gone from classroom to living room. Companies that made it seem impossible for folks to work from home have made it possible for thousands to work from home. Some states have curfews for bars and drinking after certain times. 24 hour Walmarts now emulate a regular 9 to 5.
The Recovered and the Infected
We are currently in a stage of prevention. Where some areas of the world have seemingly bounced back to somewhat normalcy. There are other areas that have yet to recover to a good standard or worse, they’ve had a massive resurgence after recovery. Studies showed that areas that resulted in high amounts of testing being done had the lower numbers of infections per capita. And the exact opposite can be said for countries resulting in higher rates of infections, they have relatively to severely low testing. Areas where they’ve been able to bring Covid-19 to a point of no new infections have the necessary protection and guidelines in place. Areas like Thailand and Australia have been able to strategically battle the infections. Thailand actually ranked (currently) as the third most recovered country. On the other side, countries like India and America have ranked among the highest with new infections.
With China being a primary distributor to the world for a plethora of reasons. The moment Wuhan, China went into lockdown the worlds imports seemed to drastically dip. From that point the world continued to decline and decline to a new precident that this century hadn’t seen. Wuhan went into lockdown on Jan. 26 2020, the first of the world to use that as a means to secure their citizens health. As Wuhan went into lockdown, other countries around the world began to follow suit. Determing what jobs were essential to keeping their countries, states and cities running. Many countries came up with ways to rally behind their citizens, for example with Canada. Canada injected 2.2 billion into its plan for communty infrastructure, using its gas tax which would help their community continue to improve through these tough times. America has encountered its largest unemployment rate since the 1940’s. Jobs across the nation were laying off their employess to stop funds from hemoriging or just to stop the company from going under between the months of january and march. On March 20, 2020 New York went into lockdown, and the stock market plummeted. The market was already on a rocky road with China going into a state of lockdown. Emergency briefing held amongst certain senators and top advisors turned into scandal of insider trading. Republicans Kelly Loeffler and James Inhofe, as well as Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, were all accused of insider trading with Richard Burr. Causing the market to be even more shifty and unstable for Americans because of the distrust. Since then Loeffler, Inhofe and Feinstein have had their probes dropped. America has given citizens on unemplyment an extra 600 per check but that has ended within recent months. Trump signed an executive order continuing the extra incintive of 300 per check, but bipartisan delegations are still up in the air as fears of mass evictions loom. Essential workers have been lucky enough to be able to work through this time, many who’ve been laid off have found new and innovative ways of making their ends meet.
There has been an influx of new business opening up across America and the world and e-commerce has been a propelled rocket behind it. There’s a study on eCommerce by IBM U.S. Retail Index. The pandemic has rushed the movement away from physical stores to online shopping by about five years. As a result, department stores, are seeing significant declines. In Q1 of 2020, sales for department stores and those from “non-essential” retailers declined by 25%. In turn, this grew to a 75% decline in Q2. The case explains that department stores are expected to decrease by over 60% for the entire year. Meanwhile, ecommerce is set to show growth by nearly 20% in 2020. The pandemic has refined the categories of products that consumers feel are essential. Clothing, for instance, declined in importance as more patrons began schooling and working from their abodes, as well as social distancing under government lockdowns. On the other hand, categories including groceries, alcohol and building materials jumped by 12%, 16% and 14%.
Throughout the world, countries have taken up virtual teaching from kindergarten to collegiate level as a means of trying to be aligned with social distancing standards. Hong Kong, China in February, began virtual classes via interactive apps for millions of students. Where countries like Australia and the United States have a mixed view on it. Some cities in America were torn with the virtual classroom or having live classrooms. There were some schools that had students attending while waiting for test results for covid-19 infections, for example, Denver has a live listing of closures for schools regarding the infection. On their listing of up to date news for covid-19 in their school districts, they openly express students who’ve tested positive and their relative grade. Sports in certain areas have also returned for the fall season. This allowing seniors trying to get scholarships in their respective sports before their final year in high-school is completed. At the collegiate level it is a massivly different story. NCAA football has been at the core of this discussion. With school not willing to release positive testing of their players, some players have actually opted out of the 2020-21 season. No telling what’s in store for the coming sports seasons, but with science and a bit of luck, normalcy can return.
Our Everyday Life
Everyday life since January 2020 has been flipped on its neck, for the entire planet. Grocery stores with lanes and directions of how it should flow; furthermore clamping down on the amount of entrances and exits for the store. 6ft social distancing is mandatory everywhere and so are face masks. Working from home has become a policy where it used to be an option most jobs wouldn’t even offer. People who were looking for extra time on personal projects have taken advantage of this covid-19 pandemic. From opening their own online shoppibg stores or making personal content for others to view, this virus has forced people to look into other options and many have been able to come out on top. We all are wanting the world to go back to the way things were around this time last year where concerts were booming and arenas were packed like sardines. But, until there is a solid vaccine or this mysteriously dissappears, we’ll continue to adjust and adapt for our coming future