Life after the lockdown: 8 predictions for the new normal

#7: No more mega-cities.

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1. New services: The rise of the drive-thru

One of the things that have been a challenge through this time has been tackling the problem of waiting.

Drive-thru food bank lines
Drive through Easter services

2. Entertainment: Nightlife will be re-defined

Imagine going to large concerts, crowding around in Times Square for the New Year’s ball drop, or hanging around in nightclubs or bars with a bunch of strangers. How comfortable will you be there after this?

Would you feel comfortable relaxing, drinking, and partying in a place where people had perished?

If someone got sick in one of those nightclubs, would you feel comfortable surrounded by strangers, dirty bathrooms, and mystery liquids?

3. Medicine: There may be a spike in cancer cases coming

On March 16th, the Surgeon General tweeted out a recommendation for hospitals to follow to prepare for the rush of COVID-19 cases. One of the things that he tweeted, though, caused a major stir: those that can avoid elective surgery.

4. Law: Reviewing of civics and the Constitution

Hopefully, I haven’t bummed you out too much, because there may be some positives that come out of this. One such thing is a re-discovery of civics and the Constitution.

“Give me Liberty, or give me death…except when there’s a virus going around. Then it’s okay to limit my liberties.”

Once this is all over, there will likely be lawsuits and challenges based on how different parts of the country handled the lockdown.

5. Environment: blue skies and clean air, for now

While the virus and lockdown have been devastating in terms of economic health and loss of life, one of the few positives has been getting a chance to look at what life might be like without car pollution.

https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/iqair-los-angeles-has-lowest-pollution-in-the-world/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamarathiessen/2020/04/10/how-clean-air-cities-could-outlast-covid-19-lockdowns/#6fb4f76b6bb5

6. Work: The rise of the remote working job

The lockdown has acted as one of the largest experiments in working from home.

7. Population: The shift away from mega-cities

New York City is the largest city in the US, with a population of over 8.6 million. You might also call it the city structured most like Asia, as the population is densely concentrated on a small area of land.

8. People: the building of communities

Lastly, we might see communities starting to be built and maintained regularly.

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