Every global disaster has two things in common. It leaves a few lessons for us to ponder and introspect, and it changes the way we live or perceive life. The coronavirus outbreak is one such catastrophe that has not only shaken our present but also has changed our future. Once the dust of the global pandemic will settle, we will have a society with different rules and behaviour, where physical touch will become rare and social distancing will be the new normal.
The bigger question, however, is whether we will be ready for this society reshaped by the pandemic. The good thing is we don’t have to wait for this change. Already, so many norms have become a thing of the past. For instance, the way we used to travel, greet each other, or roam freely in shopping malls. In the time of COVID-19, you can’t be reckless anymore, about your hygiene, social behaviour, and your responsibility towards others.
The times have changed. The new rules of caution and awareness are set. Now the ball is in our court to make the best of the new normal, and hope for a better future. In this feature, Soulveda discusses integral aspects of our lives that have changed in the wake of the pandemic.