The New Normals

After more than three months of being in the COVID-19 era, it seems a lot has changed in our lives. There are new normals, like social distancing, only essential travels, offices operating at lesser capacity and promoting work from home, sanitizing hands frequently, wearing masks and so on.

Message on the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, asking people to stay at home.

“While the industries associated with many of the above, have been seeing their profits rise, there are others that have been hit hard by the pandemic."


Three months into the pandemic


After more than three months of being in the COVID-19 era, it seems a lot has changed in our lives. There are new normals, like social distancing, only essential travels, offices operating at lesser capacity and promoting work from home, sanitizing hands frequently, wearing masks (and now with designer masks becoming available, this new fashion statement is expected to be around for some time, good for us!), more online purchases than over the counter, eating home-cooked delicacies and not frequenting restaurants, living without malls and multiplexes, more reliance on two-wheelers than public transport and so on. While the industries associated with many of the above, have been seeing their profits rise, there are others that have been hit hard by the pandemic. Tourism is by far the worst hit, and it will take a long time to get back to where it was before the coronavirus invaded the world. With so much of losses due to zero tourism for more than a quarter, countless people have lost their jobs, many have lost their monies and many others have switched to other careers for survival. The Real Estate sector is extremely badly hit, so is the cosmetic industry. The work and clientele of professionals like Company Secretaries, Chartered Accountants, Lawyers etc. have also taken a toll. Many small establishments have shut their doors, resulting in a massive blow to the corporate and industrial sectors. The overall situation presents a very gloomy picture. But we MUST cling to hope and continue to take the preventive measures, help the government by obeying its directions, stand by the warriors like health workers, policemen, airport staff, sweepers, cleaners, delivery people and so on, maintain good health and high spirits and not be broken down by the situation. There’s light at the end of this tunnel too.


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