|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 53-54
Speculation of life after COVID-19
Ankur Garg, Sharad Bagri, Mohan Bandhu Gupta, SN Gaur
Department of Respiratory Medicine, School of Medical Sciences and Research, Sharda University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Submission||11-Aug-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||11-Aug-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||20-Nov-2020|
Dr. S N Gaur
Gaur Clinic,130-A, Patparganj Village, Delhi-110091
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Garg A, Bagri S, Gupta MB, Gaur S N. Speculation of life after COVID-19. Indian J Allergy Asthma Immunol 2020;34:53-4
Once Fred Rogers said that often when you think you are at the end of something, you are at the beginning of something else. Humankind stringently believed that it being the superior of all other species existing in the universe can never be restricted from anything, even if it misuses the resources available on mother Earth. The above statement by Fred Rogers is suitable in this regard because human beings were not taking into consideration the inevitable pain that they were wrenching onto nature in the race toward their development and modernization. While the man thought that he was becoming more powerful and efficient by overpowering nature, he had no clue that a day will come when everything will be at a standstill and restrictions would be imposed now not on nature, but onto the life of the entire human race. So, when we reached the end or the optimum of our so-called “noble deeds” which were of course selfish in nature, we had never dreamt that it would be the beginning of a dark era called COVID-19. The global spread of coronavirus brought into reality a caged human being who if steps out of his home will put his health at stake. It almost seems like a world war situation with a never-ending crisis, pain, suffering, isolation, sickness, and financial degradation at its bay.
Prolonged lockdown and self-quarantine being the new normal of our life after COVID-19 has given way to not only social distancing but also emotional distancing. Man being a social animal has to now curb its old habits of meeting friends, relatives, and near and dear ones freely, which is obviously leading to psychological distress, especially among children and the elderly. Life after COVID-19 is a world where masks are as important as sensory organs; there are increased health risks and as per the need of the hour all countries need to together develop a long-term strategy for dealing with the postpandemic trauma, until the vaccine is discovered. The migrants and homeless will have to pay a hefty toll of life due to a complete loss of support systems in the postpandemic era. There are a lot of intersectional factors to which responses would be different like on the level of gender, women in many households are under distress due to the burden of household chores and domestic violence as men stay at home; on the level of disability, the disabled are now more vulnerable due to low quality or nonavailability of health-care facilities. There is also no adequate food security especially for the poor as people in some parts of the world are still facing food scarcity even in the postpandemic era.
Because COVID-19 has a direct impact on human health, it is the health sector out of all that requires a complete reincarnation in its planning, strategy making, and implementation. With the number of positive cases increasing drastically day by day, the health sector is expected to deliver its best possible despite challenges and major loopholes. While many shortcomings of the health-care sector came to the forefront during this pandemic as a result, numerous efforts were undertaken to ensure treatment under a safe environment. First, as we all witnessed, there was a major dearth in testing facilities for COVID-19, which has now improved tremendously. The doctors and health-care professionals also contributed tirelessly in fighting with the pandemic even at a time when patients were more than the hospital beds. Like in the education sector, the medical sector also needs to undergo digitization which includes use of digital stethoscope and digital Emergency Room machine (ER) machine to comply with the new norms of medical treatment, cure, and health care. Besides this, the health sector in the postpandemic time has been successful in spreading awareness at least among the educated regarding the do's and don'ts of one's protection from the virus. Medical researchers across the globe are working day and night to discover the vaccine to combat the virus, and there is now human testing that has been initiated, giving the humankind again a ray of hope.
The postpandemic era has also brought path-breaking changes in the education sector. Educators across the globe have not allowed interruptions in delivering knowledge to their students as they brought into existence the online mode of schooling. An entire semester has been completed in the wake of this major breakthrough of online classes across the globe. While we see some of the schools and universities also conducting examinations online, it feels great as to how technology is being used in a constructive manner. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, children are attending virtual classes, and it has also given the educators an opportunity to evolve themselves and step out of their conventional teaching pedagogies. The advent of technology in the learning process has made the understanding of concepts simpler although sitting in front of computer screens for prolonged hours has its own side effects.
The worst hit due to the spread of coronavirus are the travel and hospitality industries. Never had any hotelier even thought about the fact that on one fine day hotels would be turned into hospitals. On the other hand, the travel industry although now functional in the postpandemic era, people are traveling only if there is something urgent. Airports and railways are following strict protocols for passenger safety as there are temperature checks on entry and exit. There is frequent testing for flight attendants, pilots, and airport and railway staff as well, so that they do not infect any passenger on board or vice versa.
Environmentalists have observed that this prohibition on humankind of not to step out of their homes for a long time has been advantageous for the environment as we have now improved air quality, decreased pollution levels, regeneration of aquatic life, drop in temperatures, climate change, etc. All these have been possible because of the break in the cycle of degeneration that the humankind was bringing day by day to its environment.
In conclusion, life after COVID-19 will never be the same, it will of course expect us to be more patient in every aspect of our lives and in the deeper sense to many people it has taught them the real value of life itself. It also encourages us toward self-introspection and to identify the flaws we need to rectify. It has also told human beings that our existence is not confined to religion, nationality, race, caste, class, or gender; on the contrary, we all are tied to one supreme power. Likewise, this pandemic being a global phenomenon also had no preferences for its impact. As far as the health-care sector is concerned, it surely needs new medical practices and evolved systems for treatment. Finally, our take away will be to invest in health care and appreciate and reward our medical professionals. After facing this pandemic, people should also honor their doctors, nurses, and the health-care professionals because they worked and are working 24 × 7 in hospitals with insufficient personal protective equipment kits, risking their lives in order to save the lives of others. Our species is well known to adapt and readapt to new orders and different situations, however difficult it may be. So, one must move forward and be optimistic toward life after COVID-19, as after all every dark cloud has a silver lining to it.