Is the current situation going to affect the future, even in the intermediate and longer term? Are people now so used to social distancing that such things as hand shaking and hugging are going to be considerably more rare? Should stores still have an hour a day just for elderly people or key workers, even when there is no virus?
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I think the social distancing is going to fall away almost completely, though ideally not until we have widespread testing, contact tracing, and enough PPE available for medical staff. And eventually a vaccine.
But it would be good if the reserved hour idea was kept up in the flu season.
The current situation is going to affect the future much more in international travel, including flights and cruises, in ways we can't easily predict now. But for a long long time.
I'm mostly hoping it will have some manner of impact on the medical industry. It is now too secretive and focused on making money, not caring about the people they're supposed to create the medication for.
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I fear bankruptcy and unemployment, economic depression and mental health problems. It has already happened. Businesses which have been in town for ages are going into bankruptcy.
My daughter often used Norwegian Airlines. Will they go inte bankruptcy? It will probably be more expensive to take a plane.
We are famous for "Stockholm syndrome": "Q: Hey, what's up with Matt? His Dad is on social security, his mom got laid off, his sister's kids get free school lunches, he collects federal financial aid for college, and he only makes minimum wage working at Walmarts. Yet he keeps talking about how we need to cut taxes for the wealthy and quit spending so much on social programs. A: Yeah, he thinks he's going to be a millionaire soon. He's got Economic Stockholm Syndrome." (Urban Dictionary)
Ironically, this situation is already having some positive environmental effects. And maybe, just maybe, it might alter our view on overconsumption? I haven't really missed being able to go and buy clothes or other things. Maybe it'll make us realise that we don't need to consume to keep us occupied.
I agree about the travel though. It will become more expensive and speaking personally (and totally selfishly) I feel sad because there's so much more of the planet I wanted to see before I finally pop off....
It’s hard to say what will happen especially in travel. I’m not one to fly in the first place and travel to the mountains at about two months of the year. I flew last October for the first time in awhile to Vegas. I didn’t like it! I like Vegas fine but not the flight. Not much for water so island getaways aren’t my thing. Unfortunately there will be a lot of bankruptcies on a lot of businesses.
Will people keep doing this social distancing. It’s hard to say. As I have lung issues, I don’t plan on taking any chances with this.
I have to admit that I'm concerned about our son. If this virus stays and children are constantly seen as mostly a danger to others, his childhood might be very different and much more isolated from mine or that of any other kid before the virus. Maybe he will only learn from books that children could meet and play whenever they wanted ad pretty much whatever they wanted, that they could have birthday parties with a dozen other children and could sit next to each other in school and play outside during the break. Or that parents went shopping at supermarkets with them. Which is happening now, but in some cases, parents with children have been thrown out or been shouted at.