What would be the lasting effects of physical distancing?

Physical distancing is critical to the prevention, deceleration of the spread and eradictication of the coronavirus. This may come unnatural to humans because of our extensivly developed social habits such as; mass gathering, seeing our friends, hugging and other forms of touching eachother. The following theories are projected to last for the next three years.

One of the surprising positive effects of the pandemic is cooperation and it is likely to leave its print on people long after the virus is gone. People are witnessing and/or first hand experiencing the effects of those who refuse to cooperate and follow the rules of quarantine and therefore see its significance. It is also shown in coopertive people as they are doing it not only for themselves and their close one’s, but also for the health and safety of complete strangers.

Unfortunately there are more negative effects than positive one’s, self-isolation is most likely going to increase rates of anxiety, heart disease, depression and dimentia. People who are already suffering from a mental health issues are more likely to be recieve irreversible psycologicl damage and are more prone to long-term substance abuse. The virus may cause a post traumatic disorder especially for those who were hooked on respiratory machines for weeks, confined in an abusive envrionment and/or those who do not cope well with self-isolation. Mental health issues caused by the confinement are a secondary effect of the pandemic and will affect the population’s economic activity and ability work. Some governments may offer social security to deal with severe cases but unfortunatly not many do, however another solution is online communities or NGO’s offering support groups and chatrooms for people in need of psycological support.

Physical distancing and self-isolation may have a long-lasting impact in the way we interact with eachother. The way we greet each other has already been altered as people avoid shaking hands or hugging, we now mainly communicate through electronic devices, even formal education is completed online. This new enforced form of communication combined with the trauma of the pandemic may change the perception of direct social interaction and lead people to be cautious and even afraid of it.

Questions for further study:

After the pandemic calms down will people continue contactless greetings?

Should those who refuse to cooperate to haelth and safety regulations be punished by law?

Can/should online education replace traditional education?

Sources:

  • https://qz.com/1812664/the-psychology-of-coronavirus-fear-and-how-to-overcome-it/ (B)
  • https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/20/world-order-after-coroanvirus-pandemic/ (B)
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/03/coronavirus-survivors-recovery/ (C)
  • https://fortune.com/2020/04/03/coronavirus-recovery-from-covid-19/ (C)

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