Post Covid: Embracing the “New Normal”

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Staying relevant in any society requires you to adapt to the new normality. The faster you adapt, the easier you flow with the trend.

The post covid era has presented a change in our normal lives. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, certain changes have occurred in different areas of life: physically, mentally, socially, career-wise, and otherwise.  These changes can be described as the ‘new normal’.

The new post Covid-19 normality moves between social distancing and digital tools and there is a need for new solutions. It will be important to look at the efficiency of the results while safeguarding human relationships.

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Defeating the virus remains a priority, but when the pandemic ends, certain life activities will never remain the same. To remain relevant and up-to-date, it is important that we get ready to embrace this “new normal”.

Activities associated with the “New Normal”

All these activities are as a result of the outbreak, but whether we like it or not, they would still linger on, long after the end of the pandemic. The activities that make up the post covid “new normal” will be further discussed.

Social Distancing

The rule that will govern our life, for an unpredictable time, will be social distancing. This is the only preventive measure we can count on, because we don’t have anything else. The measure can be mild, complex, extreme, or even complicated. The easiest way to apply this measure: we keep our distance when we speak, work, take public transport, when we move outdoors; even in private, and at home.

It doesn’t take much to understand how “expensive” all this is. It can be difficult to achieve without investments and transformations. Alternating seats on trains or planes means increasing means and number of trips; letting people in without gatherings involves the overturning of entry / exit times and length of work, therefore changes in the spaces and hiring of other staff.

The same distance criterion may require physical interventions, not just organizational-normative ones. The creation of barriers between people will be put in place; in contrast to the natural tendency towards physical approach. It is a sort of “sovereign” response to the virus, in contrast to the logic of democracy. We physically separate the spaces, divide ourselves, and raise walls between ourselves. There have to be a distance between bar tables, between customer and employee, and between friends. This distance however, results to the rise of digital communication.

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Digital Enhancement

The other response to the virus, beyond distance, is digital enhancement. This acts as a substitute or supplement of distance. Digital is an equally generalized scenario; possible in any field, but unattainable in activities that require direct contact. It is however, not recommended for political consequences. In China, it gave rise to the minute control of individuals, until the most basic rights were canceled.

Digital was inevitable, given the inability to move, to go to the factory, to schools, or to the office. What else to do if direct contact with others was prohibited? Another question is, how can we continue on this path? Here, the smart working has suddenly reversed the rhetoric of co-working, sharing everything, from means of transport to homes, and remote school lessons, which equally keep students and teachers in contact. Though this appears as a solution at hand, it is however, a source of accentuation of social inequalities.

A connection and a computer would be enough, but the poor families do not have it. They stay out. How will they face the future? And what will become of certain audacious experiments, indeed often pointed out to the public, such as streaming religious functions, and psychotherapy sessions on social media?

More than Just a Pandemic Response

The news on distances and digital go beyond the emergency, they are an anticipation of the future. They introduce changes so strong that they prefigure new models of human relationships. Will it be worth keeping them? All these innovations are not necessarily worse, certainly not even better. In the management of the present, it will be important to explore them, evaluate their scope and impact, without prejudice, but with a critical sense.

There will probably not be a single answer that always applies, and you will have to choose on a case-by-case basis, perhaps seeing them to the test in less confused times. Knowing how to put unnecessary things aside, highlighting the essential; this is the task that awaits us. With this improvement, we’ll find out the difference between the work done at a distance and that in contact with the elbow, school attendance and lessons via chat, the remote process and the one with close physical presence of everyone, and the therapeutic session via the web and the “normal” one.  It will be important to address these issues even in “normal” situations.

The use of digital technology undermines the pillar on which many human activities are built. The ‘new normal’ has affected the setting and the “frame” within which human activities take place and which ultimately characterize them: environments, timetables, appointments, methods of behavior, and rules of personal interaction. There is no longer an office with desks and employees to exchange information and there’s no longer the classroom, where students interact with teachers. The procedural hearing takes on a virtual dimension, accentuating the functional aspect compared to the physical one.

This is the “new normal” that has taken over the post covid era. The faster we adapt to this measures, the more relevant we become in the future.

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