SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT

How the Pandemic Changed Our Society – Challenging Times and Measures

When the world was hit with the global pandemic in 2020, everything changed, and very intensely. Socializing struggled, but also tourism, sports, and many other industries which required people to be in close proximity to other people, like shopping malls, schools, and gyms.

We were all put to a test on how we can handle a new situation where things operate differently from what we were used to. Here is how the pandemic affected all of us, some more, some less.

Online World – Everything is Remote and Distant

One of the best ways to be socially distanced is to stay indoors and use the internet. This is what happened in 2020 and is still happening in 2021. The internet (luckily) allows us to work, play, and relax at all times during the day.

One of the problems that this caused for people is the removal of their routines regarding getting up and getting organized and going to work and then back home.

That giant routine turned into getting up and sitting or even working in bed which destabilized a lot of people, both physically and mentally.

On the other hand, gaming and streaming took off, which gave plenty of people new hobbies and exposed them to new things such as music and art.

Masks Everywhere – Now and Probably After

Masks are obligatory in most of the world, especially indoors, when entering a store or any other indoor object. This is important to reduce the odds of getting an infection, which is spread through droplets, usually coughed out.

Masks have been common in high population density areas such as China, South Korea, and Japan. When you get on a train with another couple of thousand people, you tend to wear a mask and protect your and everybody else’s health.

This is probably going to become a trend in the West, even after the pandemic is over.

People Getting Better (at Overcoming Challenges)

Those who preferred going out and socializing have struggled the most due to the pandemic, but they, like everybody else, had to deal with lockdowns and states of emergency, depending on where in the world they were located. All of these strict and almost Draconian measures had to be taken and people adapted.

Adapting to something like that after having been used to complete freedom takes determination and it made us all better.

Alone Time – For Better or Worse

Some people are at their best when they spend time alone while others thrive when surrounded by other people. However, spending time alone is great for reflections and rethinking our choices, whether small like shopping sprees or large like career choices.

Outgoing people most likely had a harder time staying indoors, but eventually, they had to adapt to the situation.

The pandemic, still ongoing for most of the world, is one of those moments that history will reflect upon with clear warnings of what should and should not be done. Our world was changed due to it, and whether it is for the better, remains to be seen.