COVID-19 Pandemic: The mark of the end of the 20th century

The COVID-19 changed our lives, our routines, and it’s making us live what's being considered a “new normal”. Technology has helped us a lot in these last few months in many ways, whether by making video calls with our friends just to making up for a lost time or helping us to buy things over the internet, without having to leave our houses. This pandemic became a milestone, in fact, for the end of the 20th century, and even with this century having been considered a century in which several advances in technology have happened, the COVID-19 made us realize that we are still limited and so is our technology.

At the same time, during this quarantine, there was a strengthening of values ​​such as solidarity and empathy. For example, at the beginning of the pandemic in several places, younger people who were not part of any risk group were volunteering to buy things that are daily necessities like food, and medicines, for older people, so that they wouldn’t be too exposed to COVID-19. And before the pandemic, we often didn’t even look to our neighbors because we lived a“busy life”. So after the social isolation, we may give more value to physical contact with other people, and maybe we will stop hurriedly walking around without greeting anyone.

Two other opposing things happened during the lockdown. First, many people lost their jobs and began to experience difficulties. So these families were forced to save money and at the same time for other people the fact of staying at home alone, increased the consumption of things over the internet because of the long time at home on the internet, we are induced to buy things that aren't even necessary, which reinforces the social inequality of the capitalistic system and shows us how this model of society is based on consumerism. This is something that we should be questioning and reflecting on what is in fact essential for us in this post-pandemic world.

One last topic that should definitely be maintained even after the pandemic is the possibility that we can live different cultural experiences, without spending any money such as virtual tours to museums, and internet shows. This makes it possible for experiences that sometimes we are unable to do, so it could be an alternative.

This pandemic caused several changes, in the economy, in the business models, in social relations and when a vaccine comes out, it will depend only on us if we are going to act the same way before the quarantine or not.