What changes will continue in society even after the Covid?

What changes will continue in society even after the Covid?
What changes will continue in society even after the Covid?

By SudOuest.fr with AFP
Posted on 07/04/2021 11:34 a.m.
Updated 07/04/2021 at 3:49 p.m.

Mask in transport, expansion of teleworking, end of the kiss between strangers … The Covid has led to major changes in our practices which should last once the epidemic is over.

The world has been living to the rhythm of successive waves of Covid for almost a year and a half and hopes to see the end of the tunnel soon. But even if the pandemic ends tomorrow, the upheavals it has caused in our social relations, they are likely to take root.

Good habits to keep?

We must “keep a remainder of caution in our way of life”, believes the expert in public hygiene Michèle Legeas, who would like to keep in the longer term, “a good education in the risk of infection” and “during the winter flu period. habit of the mask in places of assembly and public transport ”.

The anthropologist Frédéric Keck observed that “at work, the habits of distancing have remained, people have difficulty shaking hands, kissing, which produces forms of relief for those who did not like this. mix between friendship and work ”. “The reflexes will come back,” however believes the psychiatrist François Chauchot. But the kiss will be “less systematic, we see that it is sometimes replaced by the brace”.

The era of teleworking?

One of the strongest impacts of the epidemic will remain the development of teleworking, according to experts.

According to economist Marie-Claire Villeval, “in certain professions, we have found ourselves to be more efficient, technology allows for more detailed meetings.”

In addition, teleworking will become, according to her, one of the criteria for choosing a job for young professionals, alongside salary or other conditions. This will lead to “modes of organization giving flexibility” she adds, warning against an “invasion of privacy”.

Changes for travel and tourism?

According to experts, there will also be less business trips. “We are not going to go back to business trips and seminars abroad from the world before, it is a saving of energy, time and money”, according to economist Marie-Claire Villeval,

Tourism should gradually restart: “in four to five years, we will return to fairly similar tourist habits,” adds the economist. “Tourism is a dream search”, we will be satisfied “with difficulty with visio trips”. There is, however, a tendency to “consume locally” especially among young people and a concern for the environment.

A lasting trauma in the minds?

Frédéric Keck compares the epidemic to the First World War, with “phases of calm and tension”. But the crisis will have “lasting effects psychologically”, according to Frédéric Keck, who said to himself, after “the current phase of hilarity” linked to the summer holidays, “quite pessimistic for the start of the school year”.

Conversely, the psychiatrist François Chauchot thinks that once over, the epidemic will be “quickly forgotten” because of “our instinct for survival”. “It will fade, maybe it will take six months or a year to regain confidence” but it will be as after the financial crisis of 2008.

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