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Post Pandemic: Will Life Ever Be Normal Again?

According to a World Economic Forum-Ipsos study, a majority of people around the world expect life to return to some sort of ‘normal’ within the next twelve months. However, the responses vary largely across the world, with over 70% of adults expecting life to return to pre-COVID normal within a year in Russia, India, Saudi Arabia and mainland China.

On the other hand, 80% of people in Japan and more than half in South Korea, Italy, France and Spain think that it will take longer. On average, around 59% of people around the world expect life to return to normal within a year. But how likely is this, and what will ‘normal’ look like?

The New Normal

Many people believe that a post-pandemic ‘normal’ is still going to look different to a pre-pandemic version of normal. This is already apparent when it comes to the various changes that have been made as a result of the pandemic, only to be adopted into our everyday lives regardless.

For example, working from home has become much more normalized as a result of COVID-19 and people are doing much more online, such as shopping or entertainment from rather than going out to do these things.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For many people, the changes that have occurred as a result of COVID are a combination of both welcome and unwelcome differences to how we live our lives. Many people who have worked from home throughout the pandemic have found that they would prefer to have this option in the future.

On the other hand, many of us are hoping that we can spend unrestricted time with our families and friends again. It’s likely to be a while before COVID-19 safety measures are fully relaxed – but the good news is that they are loosening slowly, especially among people who have been vaccinated.

Impact on Mental Health

The survey also looked at the impact of the pandemic on mental health and how mental health concerns could be the driving force behind many people wanting to return to normal as quickly as possible.

With around 45% adults around the world reporting that they suffered from poor mental health as a direct result of the pandemic, it’s not just COVID-19 that is a health concern. On the flip side, some better news is that just as many adults say that their mental health has actually improved since the beginning of 2021.

Predictions for Next Year

Experts predict that we might be in for another rocky winter this year, but by the warmer months of 2022, life should begin to feel like it is getting back to normal once again.

While the virus is still likely to exist, experts believe that, by this time, it is more likely to be one that is less likely to make people severely ill and is more likely to circulate in the winter months similar to the flu. This means that while some people might still die with COVID-19, there will be a widespread vaccination available and it shouldn’t rage out of control again.

What does returning to normal post-pandemic look like for you?

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