What Will a Post-COVID-19 Era Look Like?
Have you ever noticed that the current spread of COVID-19 has brought tremendous changes lately--cinemas being temporarily shut down, airlines and airports being suspended, and thousands of people losing their jobs? Despite these disheartening incidents, the pandemic crisis will pass, and it is expected that the world after the COVID-19 outbreak will never be the same.
One of the first changes that is likely to occur is the change in manufacturing technology. While the virus is spread, there has been a slowdown in production of many industries due to social distancing rules. Given that the number of employed workers who can be at work is reduced, highly-automated machinery is stealing the show as it takes the place of human labour. Automation also reduces production costs and simultaneously enhances product quality, allowing workers to be freed from working overtime and have more time for self-care. In contrast to such advantages, there will be a possible drop in human workforce demands followed by unemployment.
Freedom of working is the second change that seems to increase. Many employees of different occupations do not necessarily work in the workplace. Nevertheless, several companies or organisations still require their workers’ presence at the office on a regular basis. With the COVID-19 outbreak, abrupt adaptation to a new working system during the crisis accelerates. Various organisations have adjusted their working system and assigned employees to work from home. With the present communication technology, conferences can be easily arranged through a wide range of computer programmes and social applications. In the future, it is possible that your company might provide workroom options whether you would like to work on the beach, on the mountain or in your own bedroom.
In addition, governmental ways of working in public services around the world may also be transformed. In Thailand, for instance, going to a consular office was the only way to acquire a new passport. Now, online passport issuance is easy as pie and so is a driving license renewal which generally took at least a half day for attending the lecture and waiting in line for payment, but now these can be done online.
Damages that the virus has caused to the world signifies room for an array of medical innovations. In near future, you may witness numerous technology-related companies, both large companies with high market value and startups, marching into the cycle of medical technology, filling the gap and improving medical equipment to its fullest potential.
In terms of educational changes, when usual learning and teaching can no longer be done at schools or universities, online learning and homeschooling have become a perfect option and a turning point of future education. Studying at home is not only liberating students from fixed, formal classrooms but also is it an alternative for those living in remote areas to be well-educated without wasting their money on transportation.
ด้านสิ่งแวดล้อมก็มีความเปลี่ยนแปลง นาซ่าพบว่าก๊าซไนโตรเจนไดออกไซด์ ซึ่งเป็นก๊าซที่เกิดขึ้นในระบบการคมนาคมและอุตสาหกรรมการผลิต และเป็นสารตั้งต้นตัวสำคัญของฝุ่น PM2.5 มีค่าลดลงในโซนประเทศจีนและอิตาลี ในขณะที่ศูนย์การวิจัยสภาพอากาศนานาชาติในกรุงออสโลคาดว่าจะมีการปล่อยก๊าซคาร์บอนไดออกไซด์ลดลง 1.2% ในปีนี้ ซึ่งมีท่าทีว่าธรรมชาติของโลกเราจะเป็นไปในทางที่ดีขึ้น
No matter how disastrous the situation may be, there always seems to be a brighter side as long as we all still have hope.