COVID-19 – What happens afterwards is the greater challenge

Nine months into the global Covid-19 pandemic and the impacts of this crisis are becoming all too familiar to us. In just nine months, so many lives lost, the lives of so many individuals have changed, and the destinies and fortunes of companies survival are on the line. We will probably never see such rampant change on this scale in our lifetime again. The human impact has been devastating. 

Below is just a snapshot of the negative impacts COVID has had:

  • Relationships and marriages have come under strain during the lockdowns.
  • Children cannot receive a proper education as classes have shifted to blended or online learning, and their mental health is being detrimentally impacted.
  • Adult mental health is deteriorating with people suffering from loneliness, stress, anxiety, depression. 
  • People that have recovered from COVID will experience long term health issues.
  • Secure jobs have become unsecured, leaving millions in unemployment, and some jobs will disappear forever.
  • Companies have gone bankrupt overnight.
  • Gender pay equality has taken a hit.
  • Disadvantaged communities have fallen further behind in their socio-economic status.
  • People are ignoring their governments calls to socially distance and comply with anti-COVID measures.

While this pandemic rages on without any end in sight, there will continue to be devastating economic and societal repercussions felt across the world. This virus has created so many problems for countries and their governments and also revealed how intertwined the world we live in is. 

At the moment, best estimates for a vaccine are towards the end of 2020, but that depends on how successful the third phase trials have been. After that, there is still a period of regulatory approval whereby all Governments must approve the vaccine and declare it safe. As we look beyond the crisis, a vaccine will not fix all the problems overnight. Sustainable recovery will only take place if we address, economic, livelihood, social and political issues together. 

In the meantime, we must all do our best to follow the social distance and COVID protocols to protect each other. That will only happen if we do it together out of care and respect.  

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