We were all hopeful that vaccines would help us end the pandemic. Till we saw what happened in India.
The second wave has been devastating, people have died gasping for air.
Hospitals are full, the medical infrastructure has collapsed.
The subconscious impact of not being able to get a hospital bed and oxygen despite of having money and connections is going to remain.
What we also know that there will be mutations that will bypass the existing vaccines. So the third wave is inevitable.
No one is confident of how long would this last the earlier hope that this will soon fade away seems distant.
Most doctors and scientists now say that the pandemic is here with us for a long haul . How long no one knows . At least till large population of the world is vaccinated.
Unless we get lucky and the virus just vanished away on its own.
How will this change us ? How will this change the way we live ? Do business?
Health is going to be a focus area for all, one needs to be healthy to survive was never more true than now.
Vaccines can protect us till a point as seen there would be mutations and waves.
Staying healthy is urgent, building self immunity is urgent .
The stress of working from home being confined in regular periods being uncertain about health and the future would increase stress.
Depression and anxiety are bound to go up.
This is what I see ;
1. There would be a focus by individuals on preventive healthcare.
2. Tele medicine would be a way to connect with doctors and most people would be comfortable.
3. Wellness would be in high demand as individuals will seek support for mind and body health.
4. Immunity is going to be a key word.
5. As WFH takes root homes would be equipped with gyms.
There would be a COVID fatigue as countries open up people would indulge , travel , party.
As waves come they would be followed by lockdowns and again people would sit at home.
Flexi working would be the way.
Humans are social animals they seek social company , people are going to need people to talk to , be with , express their inner feelings.
World will come together or will drift away as borders get protected from waves of virus.
Third world and poor countries and communities will be impacted the most.
All these changes will impact every business and profession and person on our planet.
Some businesses will die some will reinvent.
Marketing will change , will become less sales and more humane , more caring and less greed, more focused on the inside than external world.
Spiritually and faith will find place in an uncertain world it will get strengthened.
We are at crossroads like never before, it can bring out the best and the worst from us as humanity.
I hope we choose to reflect on our priorities , what truly matters and heal the world.