History has always been reported in eras. When Nigeria existed without colonial masters, it was called the “pre-colonial era”. Then came the colonial masters, we had a “colonial era”. Then we gained independence and we came to the “post-colonial era”.
You know it’s a different era when the thinking patterns and lifestyle of a group of people change due to a certain event or series of events.
Today, as I write this note, we are in the “corona era”. Just a few months back, if I wanted to show love or friendship, I was going to hug or shake my friend. Today, to show love to the same friend I am supposed to avoid shaking or hugging them. That’s a clear change in lifestyle for all of us across the globe. But then we all do hope that this pandemic would come to an end soon.
When this pandemic comes to an end, our lives won’t just go on as normal and that’s why we would have another era. Our mindsets would change and our lifestyle would take some significant changes.
“You know it’s a different era when the thinking patterns and lifestyle of a group of people change due to a certain event or series of events.”
Below, I’d outline some of the changes I think will occur after the pandemic in no order -
Microbiology/Biochemistry will No Longer be Pushovers.
There’s this crazy notion that most people studying microbiology are wannabe doctors who didn’t get into med school so they had to settle for that course. If you studied microbiology and you told most people, chances are that they’d ask you “so what will you use that course for after school?” Well, well, well now you know what they use the course for.
If we had invested more globally in microbiology research and in biochemistry, we could have saved our world this pandemic or at least we would have reduced the impact.
It is now clear to us that micro-organisms such as viruses are as much a threat to human existence as a war. In 2019, the United States spent $686.1 Billion on military. I ran a check through Google for their budget on microbiology and pandemic research and I couldn’t get anything concrete. All the figures I saw ranged from $675 million to $1 billion.
The corona virus will cause global economy as much a $5 Trillion. Whoops! Anything that has the capacity to set the world back by as much as $5 Trillion deserves massive attention and significant investment.
So I see a lot of money flying towards microbiology research and biochemical solutions, biotechnology and those previously unreckoned fields. It’s really a good time to study those courses or to allow your children study those courses.
“Anything that has the capacity to set the world back by as much as $5 Trillion deserves massive attention and significant investment.”
Remote Work is Now Mainstream and will Be Henceforth.
For a couple of years, we’ve been touting remote work as the future of work. But many big companies have not really jumped on the bandwagon. (remote work means people don’t have to go to work, they can work from home or anywhere).
But after this pandemic, companies will really begin to pay attention to it. I don’t expect that there will be a drastic change. Most people will still be going to work as normal. But I see companies investing in remote work as a backup.
More collaboration softwares like Slack, Asana and so on will be considered. Video conferencing structures will be set up and many companies will now consider remote work as a real thing.
So if you have creative tools or ideas that can help people work better from home, the post-corona era is your boom time. Yes, there will be a multi-billion dollar boom there.
Small Businesses will Create More E-Commerce Stores.
Once bitten, twice shy. Many businesses who couldn’t adequately transact online will make that shift now. Covid-19 disrupted markets and physical sales and more people know they aren’t ready to take that risk again.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, got richer during that period, because his business was already positioned to do just that. So many others will take a cue from that. Online commerce will be a major wave.
Churches will Realize that the Church is not a Building.
“The church is not a building, the church is a group of people.” Many pastors have heard or said that at some point in their messages, yet most pastors don’t believe that.
There are pastors who have literally never missed a Sunday from church and there are people who have never missed physical church attendance in their lives.The pandemic has been the biggest reality check for many pastors throughout their lifetime. Can God actually answer our prayers if we don’t come into the four walls of the church? How did the early church gather?
Long story put short, what it would take a lifetime explaining to many pastors has been taught to them by this pandemic. Now churches know they have to find solid alternative structures to physical meeting. Like the companies adjusting to remote work, I also do not expect a drastic change in the short term. I still very much expect that most churches will have physical gatherings at the same rate they have done before the pandemic. However, they will definitely invest in digital alternatives now than they had been doing.
If you have creative digital solutions for churches, your will hit a boom after the pandemic. It’s the best time to pitch those solutions to the churches.
E-learning will Become a Bigger Deal.
Schools have had to improvise during this Covid-19 lockdown period. Now they’ve seen the need to digitalize their lessons. E-learning has been around long before this pandemic, but there are sections of the academia that haven’t really placed much importance on it. Now, we will see a drastic shift for many institutions. There are already several e-learning platforms and there will be a significant surge in the use of these platforms after the virus.
One big lesson we have learned from this pandemic is that power is not always in big weapons and massive budgets, but in little steps and speed. Countries that have spent trillions of dollars on military weapons are recording massive deaths, while countries that took early precautionary steps are doing a lot better, despite their lack of big military weapons.
Perhaps the Covid-19 will show us that little things ignored can cause us bigger problems than the things we think are big and that prevention is always better than cure.
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