Life after COVID-19: Living with the virus
It's been around six months since the Coronavirus pandemic has changed lives across the globe. With rising number of cases and significantly higher number of death tolls reported from several nations, COVID-19 is one phenomenon which mankind had not encountered before.
As considerable time has passed by, we now realize that the deadly virus isn't likely to be going away soon. Given that the virus wasn't known to humans before the outbreak, it makes it even more difficult to find a cure in such a short span of time.
Thus, from nationwide lockdowns to mandatory wearing of masks in public along with safety measures such as frequent hand-washing or sanitizing and physical distancing in public have now become the 'new normal'.
COVID impact at a glance
The pandemic outbreak has not only impelled us to incorporate the safety and hygiene norms in our lifestyle, but has also affected our entire economy as we know it. Shifting priorities from luxury goods to essential commodities, schools being shut for months, lay-offs and pay-cuts in offices, shutting down of small businesses - these are some of the adverse effects that the pandemic induced lockdown has brought on to our lives.
While essential services such as healthcare remain functional, fear of transmission have kept many people away from their regular check-ups and treatments. In order to ensure that general patients do not get infected from the virus, Hayat Hospital has taken strict safety measures and prevention protocols inside the hospital premises. Our treatment of COVID-19 positive patients is conducted in an isolated ward attended by a separate team of doctors, which prevents the virus to get transmitted further.
Adapting to a life with COVID-19
As we continue down the COVID-19 road equipped with safety precautions, we anticipate the announcement of a safe & effective vaccine to combat the virus. Currently, clinical trials are going on; many doctors and scientists are working tirelessly to find a proper cure. But it's hard to say when it will be introduced and will be accessible to all.
Because of the uncertainty, people need to ensure that they continue with the safety norms as usual for a prolonged period of time. It could be months or even a year or two from now, before we find ourselves completely safe from the virus.
The current economy is in a bad shape as the demand-supply equation underwent a massive shift and millions of jobs were impacted. But as lockdowns are getting relaxed, we can see businesses picking up pace and economy gradually recovering the loss.
It is interesting to note that many businesses that shifted to remote-working culture as much as possible, while those who are required to be on-site for their job, such as healthcare workers, farmers, police force, etc. are adept with masks, sanitizers and physical distancing protocols.
It is further expected of schools and colleges to enable safety norms in their respective campuses before reopening and ensure that students maintain physical distancing. Until then, online mode of education will continue.
Less contact, more hygiene
The hygiene norms that are mandated to be followed today because of the virus are not new to mankind. Yet, we hardly practiced them mindfully before. On a positive note, the sudden outbreak has made people more cautious of their safety and hygiene practices, and it would be ideal to have such practices in play in the long-run.
Such hygiene practices not only prevent the COVID-19 virus from entering our system but also keeps other viral diseases such as the common cold and flu at bay. Therefore, if we are to continue practicing the hygiene norms, there should be a significant reduction of other diseases which are contagious in nature.
Also, emphasis has been laid on keeping our distances in public. This safety precaution is strategic to contain the spread of the virus. To allow people to follow it without inconvenience, contact-less services are emerging in the market. The no-contact delivery by e-commerce and food delivery companies have already established the contact-less approach.
All of these approaches indicate that we are already adapting to the change in routine. Eventually, the life after COVID-19 will be more or less similar to what it is now, but with refined approaches in policies to keep up with containing the transmission; especially in education, healthcare and travel.
On a concluding note, as people work together towards breaking the chain of coronavirus infection, a better world is expected to emerge shortly after the losses are recovered. The tough times shall pass, leaving behind the wisdom of practicing compassion and caring for what genuinely matters in life, such as the welfare of family members.
Now that people have realized the need for safety precautions, necessary steps are also being taken against future contingencies for the safe-keeping ofourupcoming generations.