Here's a discussion from the Poltico website, involving some experts (whatever that means in this context), and their forecasts on changes in future society that may come about
, soon or eventually, from having had to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Some may argue that it's a bit premature to be speculating now on how, if at all, living through and dealing with what CV has thrust upon us may impact all of our futures.
But perhaps it could be counterargued that if the predictions below accurately show where we are headed post-CV, and we don't like them, then we as a society should now be examining where we may be going, and taking measure to change course now, if we feel that is best.
But here's what some believe society may look like in a few decades (or sooner), thanks to the coronavirus experience. (This is my summary of the discussion. Note that a common theme of many of these predictions is the discouragement of physical touching):Less social touching in all kinds of ways, including even frowning upon handshakes. Ongoing questioning about whether traditional face-to-face meetings are necessary, with most being replaced by online versions. Medical people will become greatly honored, more than ever, much the way military veterans are honored now, with admiration for medical people forming a "new patriotism." Less polarization in politics, resulting from the national unity we had to achieve in facing CV. The shock of CV in exposing our vulnerability to it, will impel us to stay united, in culture and politics. More respect for and confidence in experts and scientists, seen as the ones who saved us. Less individualism and more community-oriented thinking, since working together got more done during CV. More pressure from the people to pursue social reform, now seen as saving lives, especially in the area of government action to lower drug costs and reform the drug industry. Technology will become even more dominant. Thanks to technology, more homeschooling of children, more universities relying more and more on online courses. Much more working from home in as many occupations as it can be done. A great many more medical appointments will now be done through face-to-face online interactions, rather than in person. More family support (daycare, care for in-home elderly relatives, etc.) provided by government. More in-home visits by medical personnel, such as scheduled nurse visits. Governing bodies, such as the U.S. Congress, become much more open to the public ("Virtual Congress"), made possible by sophisticated monitoring apps made part of the governing process.
Just a few pundits' thoughts on where the CV saga may eventually lead us as a people, as a result of how we had to deal with CV, and the lasting effects that had on us and on society.
Educated guesses, but food for thought, I suppose. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/19/coronavirus-effect-economy-life-society-analysis-covid-135579