Covid-19 seemed to hit a virtual “reset” button for humanity, causing some things which might make life a little better in the long run (if humans are smart enough to see it).
Millions of people in the United States are experiencing the side effects of the disease outbreak, but even in total darkness there is light to be found…
People working form home, quarantines, businesses closing, workers laid off, fear, panic, confusion, etc., are the new daily norm for life in America. It is extremely sad, frustrating and an inconvenience, but there are some things I’ve noticed since this all began.
The biggest thing I’ve witnessed is families doing family stuff.
While some are inconvenienced by having to work from home, this is something many people should be thankful for. These people have been given the gift of spending quality time with their family, which work all too often takes precious time away from.
I saw more people out walking when the quarantine went into effect than I have in a very long time. Even with social distancing in place, Families were playing on playgrounds, sitting on porches, walking dogs, talking to neighbors and interacting, despite being “locked down.”
This is wonderful to see.
With many entertainment options taken away, maybe some people in society will realize we don’t need to be so frivolous with always needing to do something. Maybe people will actually start saving money and planning for emergencies like this. Maybe “home” and family will become our first priority rather than burying ourselves in work like we always have.
A few humans may get to live a few years longer…
With bars closed, maybe there will be less drunk drivers on the road. Less drunk drivers coming from bars hopefully means less dead people. Maybe those who spend their weekends out drinking will find something else to do with their time, kicking the habit.
On the subject of driving, gas prices plummeted. Granted, with gas being cheap and with everything being closed, there weren’t many places to go, but it’s helpful because fuel is a huge cost involved in everything of the world. If fuel costs come down, hopefully the costs of goods will too.
With restaurant lobbies closed, maybe those who ate way too much fast food before won’t want to wait in the super long drive through lines now. As such, maybe they’ll get a little healthier and live a little longer.
The economy will recover eventually, but there will be changes.
I think more restaurants will move toward a “grab and go” concept, resulting in smaller dining rooms (if any). I think tipped workers (servers) will be a thing of the past, moving to regular salary based positions, and delivery services for everything will boom. I think the new way of life will spark a new breed of restaurant concepts, hopefully creating new jobs to replace many of those lost.
I also think stores will permanently adopt the changes they’ve made with hours and how they do business now. Covid showed us we don’t really need a 24 hour store on every corner. Retail changes have also sparked new things we’d not seen much of prior to covid. Grocery delivery and curbside pickup have also created lots of new jobs. Cleaning services have also created MANY new jobs.
On a much larger scale, maybe America will realize we need to reduce our dependence on foreign production for things we need in our everyday lives (like say, MEDICAL SUPPLIES?). Perhaps we can reopen closed US factories, giving jobs to those who will so desperately need them.
Maybe others out of work will go to school, learn a trade, or pursue new career choices. Perhaps these choices will make them better off than they were before.
The economy may be in the toilet, but the environment is going to benefit.
With people being quarantined and working from home, there was a substantial decrease in the number of vehicles on the road, and less airplanes in the sky. This obviously means there is going to be less pollution. You can already see change in the skies over major cities. In fact, you can actually see the sky now in some major cities because the smog has lifted.
In Las Vegas, tourism came to a stop with the casinos and hotels closed. The city traditionally used an exorbitant amount of natural resources, but then it all shut down. This will help bring water levels of nearby Lake Mead back up to sustainable levels after having been in a dangerous drought for a very long time. This could potentially save the entire city of Las Vegas in the future, and areas south of Nevada which rely on water from the lake.
Italy experienced something similar, most notably in Venice, where the water in the canals became crystal clear after decades of filth from too much human traffic. This has actually happened in many rivers, lakes and streams all over. Fish are returning to places they have been in years and nature seems to be healing itself.
I guess only time will tell how it all works out. In the meantime, it’s actually kind of nice right now (assuming you or loved ones aren’t actually infected). It’s almost calming for me. But like the change we saw right after 9/11 (the world united, random kindness, etc.), it’ll be short lived. Soon enough, we’ll be back to our polluting ways, where we go back to work and neglect our families for the majority of the day and wastefully spend our money on assorted vices.
That’s why I keep telling everyone to enjoy it while we can.
If this teaches us nothing else, know that what we have can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Enjoy what you have.
~ Marty ~
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