The world has taken a tremendous turn since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. As of today more than 1,000,000+ cases in more than 190+ different countries and increasing. Social media, news, UN, WHO, and CDC are all busy tracking this virus in order to slow/stop the spread of this terrible disease. Thanks to our scientists, doctors, nurses and medial personnel who are working hard every minute to find a vaccine that can save our loved ones from being infected. Recent studies states are saying that is just a lipid molecule that attached itself to the membrane.
It is a global crisis whether you believe this virus is natural or man made, however this is not my main focus. We “The People” of the world have to work together, pay attention on the the upcoming events, help stop the spread, become selfless, and think about others. We are all facing a common invisible enemy and it must be defeated.
Today I want to project a vision of this world after this global pandemic. COVID-19 will shape the world and take into many different directions. Hospitals, individuals, families, companies, governments, institutions, economists, e-commerce, online businesses, and hospitality businesses are going to reconstruct different strategies in order to prepare for the next crisis.
In many countries with high numbers of Corona virus cases, hospitals are doing their best to treat their patients despite the limited resources such as beds, PPE and masks. We must keep in mind that our most valuable resources are doctors, nurses, scientists, and medics. After this pandemic, hospitals are going to increase their capacity by buying more medical supplies, hire more nurses and reshape their ER. Telemedicine and online consultation will be the new trend from now on. People will have the access to doctors through a screen. Some people may deny this ideas but eventually it will take off.
People are going to change their behavior towards daily life, work, travel and social interactions. Many who lost their jobs are going to either switch careers, or look for different and secure ways to provide for their families. Social interactions will decrease in the beginning until this whole crisis pass. The ‘social/physical distancing’ idea will be marked for life. Daily life style will be more about distancing with the ‘6 feet rule’, so you might not see people getting in crowded areas such trains, busses or even public places. Shopping will take a new look or even more online. Waiting for the next train will be a better idea because of safety. Disgust trait will take over many people despite many people may be more leaning towards extroversion and openness. Masks are going to be the new fashion trend.
Many fancy dine-in restaurants are going to adapt to the situation by creating a TO-GO menu. What if your restaurant is too expensive for take out? Simply, the restaurant will have to create a different menu catered only for take out orders separate from the original menu. It means that many restaurants have to rebrand themselves. Health departments are going to issue new rules on wearing masks in the kitchen, and emphasize on wearing gloves, washing hands and sanitizing. Speaking of extra cost! It will be cheaper than a ticket and a major shut down. Third, the health department might decrease occupancy based on the 6 feet rule. This might shift some restaurants to remodel and set up their seating areas differently. Say goodbye to crowded restaurants and long waiting lines in the lobbies or bar areas. Reservations are more enforced to avoid large number of guests in restaurants at once. A two hour for party that consists of four people is highly recommended in most cases. Many corporations will shut down their slow locations in order to focus on keeping the busy locations running. Many restaurants who laid off their employees already will have to hire new people that will comply with stricter rules and regulations. Recruiting, hiring, training and coaching will cost more because some of the laid off employees are going to question the company’s values and mission statement after being let go. Many will look for the alternatives and waiting tables is not one of them. Small local restaurants are going to benefit from the boom of unemployment. Finding a job in a local restaurant will be much easier as these incidents will be beneficial for them to bring in their formal experience which comes with great value.
This pandemic is the biggest challenge for companies whom their employees come to work everyday in shared areas. They will add more rules to the book. This means it is the time for HR to get busy. Also it will shift into more online interviews and testing. IT and software engineers are going to be super loaded to build new websites to shift job descriptions from office to remote work in order to lower the amount of interaction in between employees at work. Major layoffs are in process and many companies will change their strategies to adjust. How would this help with their brand, leadership, and wages? It all depends on the company and how they address these issues to their employees. I say transparency is the key to great leadership. Remember if you get laid off now, the thought that you will get rehired after might not be an option. Many employees are going to find different ways to make a living without going through this cycle. Some will be better off working as an ‘essential worker’ rather being tossed around for the next economic crisis. Others are going to trust their formal companies and will look for better opportunities. Say hello to more new entrepreneurs and self-employed work force.
We know many companies will shift into remote work, so renting big spaces is not necessary. This will lead to many obsolete buildings in the major city areas. Commercial real estate will have to find different ways to make money. Price increase on big corporations and individuals that have small private businesses will drive them to look for other solution ways to save money. Big corporations will look for smaller space and small private businesses will look into working from home if their job allows them to. Commercial builders are going to get busy remodeling buildings from offices into residential. Real estate companies will see a drop in their revenues in the next year. We will see a boom in commercial construction after few months or even a year. In the meantime real estate market will see a freeze as many people have zero income to invest or rent.
Countries will follow strict travel laws and regulations. Borders within the EU will be enforced until the crisis is over. This mean that traveling within the EU will be like traveling to foreign country. They will take these extreme measure to protect their citizens from any future outbreak. Because Italy suffered tremendously and their healthcare system almost crashed, EU will see this a learning experience and they might change their traveling rules. Many countries will enforce different rules on the Chinese citizens. There will be strict corona virus testing prior to departing and on arrival at the airports, or might be a ban for another 6 months. Unfortunately, the Chinese people are witnessing discrimination in many different countries, however after this crisis, the world can not trust the Chinese government and the way they dealt with the corona virus situation. Some European countries are going to look at leaving the EU because of their horrific experience dealing with such issue and questioning the existence of the union in the first place. Going back to borders, currencies and economic dependency will be taken into consideration.
United States will take extreme measures after this pandemic. We will see a different economic shift from China. Some companies are already looking to transfer their manufacturing to different countries such as Mexico, Latin and South America. Issues like corruption, cartels, and laws might be in the way of trust. However, there will be special assigned zones that are protected by both collaborated governments to provide security for their employees and the property itself. Other countries depending on their location will transfer to South East Asia, Africa and eastern Europe. This might seem very redic but the travel in between states will be limited and some might be banned and locked down. The federal government will make that decision which may cause a little noise in bigger states and may want to declare their independence. Immigration laws will pause many immigrants to come into USA, with the exceptions for healthcare professionals. Expats will face stricter screening, processing and companies will have to pay higher fees for sponsorship. USA will face major challenges in this pandemic as the government signed on a stimulus plan of $2.2 Trillion. We have to wait and see the impact of this stimulus plan when it takes place. The elections will take a interesting turn. People are looking for better ways to for healthier life style. They will base their decisions on the core base which is healthcare. We might see a new era in the USA after this pandemic.
The “PEOPLE” of the world will start questioning their governments and systems, despite the fact some countries were dealing with the pandemic better than others. Healthcare will be number one priority. New systems will emerge and evolve around the idea of universal healthcare. After this world ciris, people are more concerned about their health than anything else. As we all know “Health is Wealth.” Underdeveloped countries will follow those who are successful and follow their lead. Socialism will be the highlight for many people around the world especially in capitalist countries.
Capitalist Surveillance will be the new trend. All corporations want to control their employees, clients and consumers via AI. The 5G towers are being installed for more speed. Governments will track their citizens with live update in less than four seconds. We are being watched every second.
We would see a major change in the world economy. Governments are working hard to keep there systems running. Unfortunately We do not see the truth, but eventually it will come out. Few important questions to ask.
Is this crisis man made to we can have a new world order? or is nature trying to tell us something?
I believe this is our wake up call to change our behavior towards each other and start thinking of the future and what it holds for our next generations. It it time to put our wars, fights and differences behind us and unite towards fighting an invisible enemy.
EARTH HAS SPOKEN BACK TO US, WE NEED TO LISTEN.
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