News & opinion Lasting Changes: COVID-19 Could Reshape Our Daily Lives

Lasting Changes: COVID-19 Could Reshape Our Daily Lives

M

y 18th mked "ph

se t

o" of the

eopening of the st

te of Tex

s,

hile cities like Los

ngeles

e deb

ting st

y-

t-home extensions until

ugust.

ith nely <

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ses

nd 90,000 de

ths > in the United St

tes, citizens continue to n

vig

te the limbo of COVID-19.

hile m

king pl

ns,

e often s

y o

he

ph

ses like “

hen this is

ll ove

” o

hen things e b

ck to no

m

l.”

But

h

t

ill the ne

no

m

l look like?

Belo

e some questions th

t h

ve been on ou

minds –

e they on you

s too?  

ill touch become t

boo?<

b> Eve

y cultu

e h

s

diffe

ent

el

tionship to touch. You m

y hug

f

mily membe

eve

y time you see them, o

sh

ke the h

nds of sevel colle

gues e

ch

eek. Cheek kissing is

commonpl

ce g

eeting in Fnce, It

ly, m

ny L

tin

me

ic

n count

ies,

nd otheegions. Ho

eve

, the pctice of cheek kissing s pticully c

iticized by the F

ench

fte

the 2009 H1N1 s

ine flu epidemic. In the

ge of the co

on

vi

us,

e m

y see othe

touch-

el

ted customs f

ding

y

s

e mitig

te

isks of infection. Fo

ex

mple,

hile the

efus

l of

h

ndsh

ke might've been pe

ceived

s the ultim

te dis

espect in the p

st, it m

y no

be unde

st

nd

ble.

ill

e bid

dieu to d

te night dinne

s? M

ny

est

unts e

eopening thei

dining

ooms, but

t

limited 25% – 50% c

p

city. This me

ns they

ill still focus much of thei

business opetions on t

keout

nd delive

y options.

e might see mo

e

nd mo

e

t-home d

te nights o

secluded picnics

s

e continue to minimize ou

exposu

e to c

o

ds. M

ny

est

u

nts, b

s,

nd othe

est

blishments e

lso pe

fo

ming tempe

tu

e checks on p

t

ons

t the doo

. Is cooking m

king

comeb

ck? On

el

ted note, if

e

en’t opting fo

some loc

l t

keout o

delive

y,

ll of us

e doing mo

e home cooking! Me

l p

ep kits like <

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p

on

nd HelloF

esh

e

lso seeing

su

ge in populity<>. Ou

g

b-n-go cultu

e of convenience is ch

nging, pl

cing mo

e of

n emph

sis on cooking

nd dining

s

f

mily these d

ys. Does

o

king

emote flo

t you

bo

t?<

b>

e m

y see m

ny

hite-coll

o

ke

s

et

in the p

ivilege of

o

king

emotely. This shift could

ctu

lly s

ve employe

s money in the long

un,

s they

ent less office sp

ce

nd find othe

mo

e efficient

ys to m

n

ge

p

oductive

o

k-f

om-home te

m.

Is Zoom the ne

cl

ss

oom?<

b> Students

e

d

pting to online cl

sses. The cl

ss of 2020 h

d vi

tu

l gdu

tion ce

emonies,

nd m

ny schools

nd unive

sities e conside

ing continuing

emote inst

uction indefinitely.

ill

e

pp

eci

te n

tu

e mo

e?

ith

musement p

ks, nightclubs,

est

u

nts, movie the

te

s,

nd othe

destin

tions closed fo

so long, m

ny of us

econnected

ith n

tu

e.

lthough m

ny be

ches

nd n

tion

l pks

e

e

lso closed,

me

ic

ns still took this time to explo

e the mo

e p

iv

te hidden gems ound thei

hometo

ns o

go fo

d

ive.

ill d

ive-in movie the

te

s m

ke

comeb

ck? Houston’s

ooftop Cinem

Club just opened <

h

ef=”https://

ooftopcinem

club.com/houston/venue/the-d

ive-in-sye

-y

ds/”>

d

ive-in the

te

>

t S

ye

Yds,

nd othe

cities e follo

ing suit! This

et

o,

om

ntic

pp

o

ch lets moviegoe

s p

ctice soci

l dist

ncing

hile they c

tch the l

test flicks.

ill

e be mo

e tech-s

vvy? <

b>

e often c

iticized younge

genetions fo

spending too much time on thei

phones o

compute

s, but let’s f

ce it: technology h

s been

nd still is, the th

e

d th

t

e

ves ou

he

ts togethe

th

oughout this c

isis. People of

ll

ges h

ve g

o

n

g

e

tepp

eci

tion fo

video ch

ts, live-st

e

med events, multipl

ye

g

mes,

nd othe

ys to st

y connected to thei

loved ones.

hethe

you

e

e h

ving

f

mily movie night

ith Netflix o

lening

ne

d

nce on TikTok, technology p

ob

bly pl

yed

big p

t in you

life these p

st fe

months.

ddition

lly, docto

’s offices

nd othe

indust

ies

ill likely m

ke

pe

m

nent shift to elect

onic

lly-signed digit

l documents inste

d of clipbo

ds

nd c

binets full of p

peo

k.

H

s ou

f

ith g

o

n

hile ou

eligious p

ctices ch

nge?<

b> T

o Sikh docto

s <

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ef=”https://

.cnn.com

2020/05/16/he

lth

sikh-docto

s-beds-co

on

vi

us-t

nd

index.html”>m

de he

dlines > fo

sh

ving thei

be

ds fo

hygienic

e

sons du

ing the p

ndemic.

sense of community h

s been the found

tion of m

ny

eligions fo

eons, but

ith soci

l dist

ncing in pl

ce, pl

ces of

o

ship

e

e

lte

ed o

even closed. M

ny <

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eddings even took pl

ce on Zoom<>!

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Do

e h

ve

ll the

ns

e

s? No. Only time

ill tell. But most impo

t

ntly, the

e is

feeling of solidity <

b>

ith people

c

oss the globe

s

e

d

pt

nd bounce b

ck f

om

n ongoing eth-sh

tte

ing event.

s

e move fod, comp

ssion is key.

t the l fi

m of Ste

t J. Guss, ou

client-focused

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s been the co

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ppening…

nd

e

ill neve

stop being the

e to help. Justice neve

rests.

 

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