Impact of coronavirus on the world

How COVID-19 Could Change the World for the Better

4 min read • Jun 21, 2020 • Jesse Sumrak

After over 3 months of battling COVID-19, it’s hard to find the light at the end of the tunnel. So many Americans have lost their lives, declared their businesses bankrupt, or lost their jobs. As many of us reckon with post-COVID-19 challenges and look toward an uncertain future,  we’ll eventually have to get back on our feet.

Despite the worldwide turmoil and deep personal tragedies, it’s not all doom and gloom. While we’d never wish for a global pandemic, there are plenty of ways the coronavirus offers new ways of solving problems and approaching business practices. From enhanced health practices to refocused priorities, here are just a few of the ways COVID-19 will positively impact life as we know it forever.

1. Less Time Commuting, More Time at Home

Commuters spend, on average, 408 days of their life driving to and from work—that’s a looooooong time! Quarantine and work-from-home policies are empowering employees to make a living from home, helping them recoup hours typically lost each day. And now that businesses realize the effectiveness of remote work, many businesses will never go back to the office.

Workers can reallocate those precious reclaimed minutes anywhere: fitness, family time, mental healthcare, cooking, hobbies, and more. While the time spent consuming audiobooks, podcasts, and Spotify playlists on the road will likely decrease, employees will find they have the freedom to do more in a day. 

Whether that’s staying up late and sleeping in or taking a leisurely bike ride in the morning before work, this new era of employees will find they don’t have to rush around chaotically from sunup to sundown to accomplish everything on their to-do lists.

2. Improved Health Practices

COVID-19 has made us all a bit more like Adrian Monk. Moving forward, coronavirus or not, people will wash their hands more often and sanitize more thoroughly (your detective skills may or may not be dramatically enhanced). 

These improved health practices will help to mitigate the spread of colds, flus, and even future mutated COVID-19 strains. Plus, the world is finally giving healthcare workers the respect and appreciation they deserve. Moving forward, we can hope that their compensation follows suit.

3. Citizens Discover Their Own Backyards

We all love to travel, but how often do we bypass our own backyard to fly thousands of miles to a distant destination? Travel restrictions will continue to make international exploration difficult, and this gives those with the travel bug an excuse to fall in love with their own county, state, and country.

Expect domestic travel and vacationing to increase in the coming months and years. US National Parks will flourish, and state parks will finally start getting some deserved love. Americans will finally explore their immediate surroundings and discover why millions of people from around the world travel to our beautiful country every year.

4. Decreased Individualism

Coronavirus has shown how your choices (good or bad) make an impact in your community, city, state, and the entire world. While we’ve distanced ourselves physically, communities across the US are now seeing how our fates are undeniably connected.

Wealthier Americans will witness firsthand how our frontline workers need to be supported, and everyone will have reason to reevaluate their political choices. Citizens will think a little harder before throwing their money at big chain businesses instead of supporting their local economy. 

5. A Healthier Digital Atmosphere

Since the advent of the computer, abuse and misuse have followed just about every digital channel. From email spammers to comment trolls to cyberbullies, the world has become more focused on the digital bad than the digital good.

However, the internet’s not as dark as we sometimes think. COVID-19 has shown how the digital world can be used for good, as we’ve seen with live charity concerts, telemedicine, video chats, and virtual connecting. While most of us could benefit from more time away from our smartphones, a healthier digital ecosystem will lead to more digital acceptance and less digital shaming.

6. Legacy Rules Change Forever

COVID-19 has shown America that the stringent rules we’ve followed aren’t as fixed as we thought. Evictions can be avoided, paid sick leave can be accessed by more workers, debtors can find relief, student debt is being postponed, and the government can provide massive financial assistance when they care to do so.

During a crisis, the rules clearly don’t apply—which begs the question: is it time to change them once the crisis has ended? COVID-19 gives us an opportunity to assess and permanently change (or just eradicate) inhibiting rules.

Change Is Here

Our relationships with the government, other countries, and each other have been forever changed. Moving forward, it’s up to us to make sure the hard-earned lessons from COVID-19 aren’t lost.

Thanks to this virus, the world is changing—forever. It’s up to you, us, and the rest of the planet to make sure the changes move us in the right direction.

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Jesse Sumrak

Jesse Sumrak is a Social Media Manager for SendGrid, a leading digital communication platform. He's created and managed content for startups, growth-stage companies, and publicly-traded businesses. Jesse has spent almost a decade writing about small business and entrepreneurship topics, having built and sold his own post-apocalyptic fitness bootstrapped startup. When he's not dabbling in digital marketing, you'll find him ultrarunning in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Jesse studied Public Relations at Brigham Young University.