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Living In a Post-Covid-19 World

One thing I am certain of is life in the United States will change after the Covid-19 crisis is over. Some of the changes will be at the margins, some will be fundamental. Some will be short-lived fads, some will be permanent. I've been jotting down a list, which I will continue to add to and maybe develop into a longer post. Here is what I have so far. I'm very interested in your thoughts, challenges, and additions.


Science & Medicine:

  • More startup companies and innovations in medicine, bio-science, and bio-engineering

  • More R&D of vaccines

  • More reliance on video doctor’s appointments

Education:

  • More students going into medicine, bio-science, bio-engineering, and public health

  • More use of remote learning

  • Less reliance on standardized tests

  • More home schooling

Consumer Behavior:

  • More reliance on home delivery

  • More people growing their own food and cooking at home

  • More consumer products that incorporate (or are marketed as) anti-bacterials

  • More streaming, which will result in less interest in going to live events and movie theaters

  • More people reading ebooks and online content

Jobs:

  • More companies moving away from cities

  • More video meetings

  • More employers accommodating or moving purely to remote working arrangements, which will result in more choices for employees, broader job candidate pools for employers, and job fewer relocations

  • More demands from employees for health benefits, sick leave, and employee safety measures

Personal Lives:

  • More people moving away from cities

  • More value placed on spending time with immediate family

  • More hand washing as habit

  • More hypochondriac tendencies


Public Policy:

  • More debate over health care and insurance coverage reform

  • More attention to public health policy

  • More attention paid by the national security community to public health crises

  • Momentum behind climate change related policies backed by stats from 2020

  • Momentum for mandatory vaccinations

  • More politicians using potential for the spread of disease as a reason to curb immigration


Again, please share your thoughts in the comments field here, by email, or on Twitter or Linkedin.

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