The New Normal

The pandemic of Covid-19 has greatly affected not only the health of the people but also their lives. There is a daily increase in the cases of patients who are being infected by the virus along with the rise in the recovered patients. There has also been an impact on the economy of the country as businesses have been shut, and people are facing unemployment. The living standard of the people has also seen quite a change as people are now opting for the lifestyle that is far from luxurious because of the financial crunch they are facing. The pandemic has also taught us the importance of self hygiene as well as hygiene around us. It also made us realise the need to spend the time with our families which we were unable to do with regard to our busy schedules. As there was a lockdown, as a preventive measure against the virus, people had the opportunity to try out new things as well as work on their hobbies.

During the lockdown, proper hand washing techniques as well as keeping a sanitizer handy were the policies adopted and preached by the people. Wearing masks while going out and practicing social distancing were also two important measures that each individual opted for and is abiding by it. However, these measures are something that we should be continuing to use even when the complete lockdown is lifted; as the virus is something that is not going away anytime soon and we need to learn to live with the virus instead of living in the fear of it.

The concepts of work from home as well as online classes were the new methods that companies and schools/colleges opted for so that neither the working nor the education stops. These concepts quickly gained popularity among people as well as have been the preferred method for them. Many schools have even resumed the online classes for the session of 2020-2021 as normal wherein the children are taught the lectures online and are given assignments as homework. Many employees are willing to continue this mode of work as they feel that they are more relaxed while working from home and the environment for work is also easy-going.

Many individuals have inculcated cooking skills in them as they are everyday trying to learn new recipes and sharing them on the social media to inspire others. The people have also learned the importance of home cooked food and the fashion of eating fast food is also seeing a decrease. People are also inclined to learning new things and are enrolling themselves in various online courses, workshops, seminars etc.

Many people are and will be facing a new type of issue i.e. Adjustment Issue. Most of us might be apprehensive to go out due to the fear of virus or many would and are finding it difficult to wear masks or adapting to the new lifestyle. However, they must understand that these measures are for our own benefit and for our protection from the virus. Thus, people must wear masks whenever they go out and must also practice social distancing. They should also maintain personal hygiene by constantly washing hands for 20 seconds and avoid touching any surface when they are out. 


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