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Old March 24, 2020, 08:52 AM
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Default How life may change after Coronavirus

These are all just assumptions. Most of them are not mine but rather what I have read across different mediums and so just sharing them. Mostly from a western society perspective.

BC - Before Corona
AC - After Corona

1. Office culture -

Working from home may become the new norm AC. A lot of the companies will realize that having workers in the office does not result in any meaningful productivity. They may start to see the benefits of remote working and this may change century old workplace culture.

2. Renewed focus on science and abandonment of conspiracies -

In the past decade or so, a trend of anti science ideas would emerge in the fringes of the internet and then slowly gain mainstream following. This includes anti vaccine movements, climate change denials, or things as far fetched like flat earthers. People now will understand the severity and harm of such of pseudo science and this will renew focus and faith on actual science and medicine.

3. Rampant capitalism will be restrained -

The idea that market economy and big corporations should decide everything will be severely challenged. People have already started to realize that unrestrained capitalism lacks empathy and doesn't do anything for the less fortunate. UBI and other cash payments that are discussed by even Republicans would have seemed unimaginable even few weeks ago. These ideas would have been labeled as socialist/communist but now is considered a way to crawl out of this economic downturn

4. polarization across political and social class may reduce

Populism has swept across US and Europe. These societies have been extremely polarized and the factors were either race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Now having a common enemy in coronavirus may force us to understand our common enemies does not discriminate and can kill us all. This may bring groups and cultures together.

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Old March 24, 2020, 09:57 AM
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These are all just assumptions. Most of them are not mine but rather what I have read across different mediums and so just sharing them. Mostly from a western society perspective.

BC - Before Corona
AC - After Corona

1. Office culture -

Working from home may become the new norm AC. A lot of the companies will realize that having workers in the office does not result in any meaningful productivity. They may start to see the benefits of remote working and this may change century old workplace culture.

2. Renewed focus on science and abandonment of conspiracies -

In the past decade or so, a trend of anti science ideas would emerge in the fringes of the internet and then slowly gain mainstream following. This includes anti vaccine movements, climate change denials, or things as far fetched like flat earthers. People now will understand the severity and harm of such of pseudo science and this will renew focus and faith on actual science and medicine.

3. Rampant capitalism will be restrained -

The idea that market economy and big corporations should decide everything will be severely challenged. People have already started to realize that unrestrained capitalism lacks empathy and doesn't do anything for the less fortunate. UBI and other cash payments that are discussed by even Republicans would have seemed unimaginable even few weeks ago. These ideas would have been labeled as socialist/communist but now is considered a way to crawl out of this economic downturn

4. polarization across political and social class may reduce

Populism has swept across US and Europe. These societies have been extremely polarized and the factors were either race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Now having a common enemy in coronavirus may force us to understand our common enemies does not discriminate and can kill us all. This may bring groups and cultures together.

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America is too dumb to realize any of this

EDIT: Most of the World is too dumb as well
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Those progressive ideas thought to be too 'radical' in the US might be viewed differently ....one would hope

I would hope the entire global community starts to enforce strict regulations and standards when it comes to China and other countries and its 'Wet Markets', because we have dangerous viruses originating from the former every decade traced to some disgusting market. This time a virus crashed the global market and brought civilization to a complete halt. Tthe next one might wipe out a significant amount of the population, we are fortunate this wasn't as lethal as it was contagious.
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America is too dumb to realize any of this

EDIT: Most of the World is too dumb as well
its not an uniquely American problem but a global problem. But US maybe forced to adapt and wake up to this new reality.

few more --

teaching and education may shift online at a greater scale.

internet will become a utility (esp in the less developed countries) like electricity and water.

China will continue to be the global manufacturing hub for the foreseeable future. but there will be some diversification to other countries like Vietnam or India.
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Good topic Mufi. Apart from number 1, the other three seem to be stretching it.

2- Conspiracy did not cause COVID-19. So they won't go away. Anti-vaccine movement did not cause the vaccine makers of the world to slow down. Conspiracies and theories about them will always stay and adapt. Like right now for example, the conspiracy is that COVID-19 is a bio weapon.

3- I don't know capitalism gets dragged into this. Any form of government system would have gotten hit by COVID-19 regardless. The industries that have lost jobs that depend on people going outside would have been hit regardless. So yes, anytime when there aren't enough jobs, I guess the govt. could give doles, UBI and what not. But that is nothing to cheer for I think. It's just unfortunate that the situation is such where we have to be taken care of.

4- I do not think it will bring cultures together, because cultures do not want to be like each other to be frank. COVID-19 will bring everyone one step down, but then all the differences between cultures and power struggles between socioeconomic groups will resume. Will China stop wet markets after this to be more like the rest of the world? I sincerely doubt it.
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Old March 25, 2020, 08:10 AM
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3- I don't know capitalism gets dragged into this. Any form of government system would have gotten hit by COVID-19 regardless. The industries that have lost jobs that depend on people going outside would have been hit regardless. So yes, anytime when there aren't enough jobs, I guess the govt. could give doles, UBI and what not. But that is nothing to cheer for I think. It's just unfortunate that the situation is such where we have to be taken care of..
Capitalism do have certain drawbacks. A big pharma would invest big money in the development of a vaccine only if there is a business model that would allow them to make a profit in the long run. Without government or private subsidy, there is no business case.

For health and education, Socialism is the best model (just my opinion).
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