COVID-19, the dreaded word in 2020 which has caused a lot of havoc all over the world, despite the fear and worry, COVID-19, what can we learn from this?
Because of this pandemic, medical experts were asking us to stay at homes as much as possible, in order to break the spread of this virus.
Social Distancing is the common words everybody and media is using.
Just how effective is Social Distancing in curbing the spread of COVID-19?
No one will really know the effectiveness, how does this come about in the first place?
To a layman on the street, he will interpret it laterally, that the distance between him and another human has to be at a certain distance.
However it appears the social distancing is more than that, and it seems a lot of governments do not seem to convey the right messages to the people at large.
Measures Taken By Government In Fighting this pandemic
The government implemented the following Social Distancing measures:
1. Distance between two persons in public.
2. Cancellation of mass gatherings to avoid contact.
3. Restriction of travel.
4. Closure of schools and use home base learning by using internet.
5. Closure of work place of non-essential business to reduce the contacts
6. Quarantine of suspected infected patient and the contacts.
I will just write something about this, while being held up at home due to the measures!!!!
Because of this stay home measure, no one can go to work, other than those who are in the essential services:
Such as utility companies, telco, supermarkets, food and beverage outlets,
For those who never cook at home, and so used to eat at food courts or restaurants, they need to adapt and start ordering online for food delivery.
COVID-19, had affected almost all the industries and businesses.
Airlines need to ground their air crafts and because of this, the demand of fuel was lower.
The oil production is also affected, and oil prices tumbled so much, at one time, it even reached negative level.
Since fewer people were traveling and public transports also made fewer trips, this contributed to the lower of demand of fuel too.
A lot of drivers decided to stop driving taxis since there were less passengers and this had affected the taxi companies.
So are we going to see the new norm after this pandemic finally leave us for good?
For once, at the moment, due to less traffic on the road, in the air and so on, the pollution due to the emissions from the transports is less, and we can see clearer sky.
Likewise, factories had temporarily stopped production unless they are in the production of essential goods.
As a result of which, there is less use of air conditions and equipment in these industries.
The less usage of air condition and equipment also contribute to the improvement in the air quality to some extent.
The pandemic is really an eye-opener for a lot of people across the boards.
We sometimes consider some jobs not that attractive, for example, a delivery man job.
Suddenly these types of jobs are in great demand and a profession highly regarded.
Hawkers stalls are doing quite good business, as there are a lot of takeaway of foods and less cost involved in washing the plates and cutlery
Manufacturing companies which are in medical supply, health industries are doing well.
The demands of sanitizers, disinfectant, masks, glove, PPE, shoes and thermometers are high.
In view of this, some factories converted their production lines to make all the medical supplies.
In China, Most of the car manufacturers converted their production lines to product gloves, masks, shoes and PPE.
Even reported that Foxconn, the OEM part suppliers of IPhone, refitted their productions to produce masks.
So were most of the garment factories in China, refitting their production lines to produce the necessary medical supplies.
With the near standstill of the economy, are we seeing the new norm of economy post COVID-19?
New Norm Of Economy?
A company's income is another company/consumer expense.
For example, if the airline is not flying, as travelers are not flying, so airline will not have income,
following which, all the air crews may not have their salary paid, unless the airline concerned has Hugh cash reserve to sustain the non-operating.
Assuming the air crews were not paid or only paid half, hence their purchasing power will reduce.
This will have domino effect , because the air crews will not spend, and the other industries will have no income since no one is spending money.
So if every one stays at home, no one has income, consequently no spending power, at the end of the day, what is going to happen?
Do we go back to the time of barter trading, whereby I had this item, and you have what I need and you need what I have, so we exchange goods?
I am looking forward to pricing adjustments, since this work from home for most companies tell us one thing,
That they do not really need such an office space, so,
Does it mean office property prices will come down? even in Central Business District?
Home Base Learning
One of the good thing from the social distancing is the home base learning.
Bearing in mind kids nowadays always glue themselves to their mobile devices, and do not bother to study, or revise their study when they are at home.
They go to school as if it is because the parents say so.
Immediately after school, the hands will be on the mobile phone, regardless of whether they are taking the meals at home or outside.
School kids were so happy, when the government announced the schools will be closed until certain dates.
"Hooray" no need to go to school, then it dawns on them that the device which they like so much because of internet connection, they have to use it to do home base learning.
Now they realize the internet connection which they like so much, which give them enjoyment, now also give them some hard time.
The plus thing of this home base learning is; after this pandemic is over, the teachers can change profession and become internet broadcaster/presenters.
Since they now have ample experience in broadcasting through internet, courtesy of their on the job training when giving lessons to the schools children.
Opportunity to keep fit
For those who stay at home and need to keep fit, this will be the time to learn how to keep fit when at home.
What one can do at home to do the exercise and burn the necessary calories.
For those who really want to challenge their body fitness or who are in burn yoga,
You can try burn yoga while working from home. You can click here to learn more about burn yoga
Learn and sharpen cooking skill
As for some who seldom cook and so rely on hawker foods, it is the time to learn and practice the cooking skills.
Finally these people get to use their kitchen to do some cooking.
After all nowadays there are so many tv channels or Youtube, one can learn about cooking, just follow YouTube tutorial and so on.
Does Social Distancing lead to panic buying? Or
Announcement by government which was sometimes not clear enough, was the main cause of the panic buying?
Hoarding of toilet papers?
One phenomenon of this COVID-19 pandemic is the hoarding of toilet papers, tissue papers, even alcohol swipe which the diabetic patient use before they administer their medicine.
The hoarding of toilet papers not only happens in Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia.
It even happens in USA and Australia and European countries.
My friends in Hong Kong told me why the Hong Kong People buy a lot of toilet.
The hoarding of toilet papers was due to the rumor, that since Hong Kong get their supply of toilet papers from China.
China had instructed that all the toilet papers production line need to divert the raw materials to making of masks.
Apparently there were in short supply at one time, so the people in Hong Kong got panic and decided to stock up the toilet papers.
As for Singapore, toilet paper and tissue papers hoarding were of different reason.
What did the Singaporean do?
- Apparently people in Singapore are very creative,
- they put two pieces of toilet papers in between the mask and tissue paper,
- the tissue paper will be the one which come into contact with the mouth and nose,
- with the toilet paper in between the tissue paper and mask,
- even though it is a 3 ply mask.
Anyone knows the reason for the hoarding in Western Countries?
One of the good things of this pandemic is - nowadays people will queue to buy their goods at the market.
So we have to look at the positive of this outbreak of the pandemic and take action to ensure we can cope with life after COVID-19.
If you have any interesting pictures and views about this COVID-19 in term of social impacts,
and wish to share your views, feel free to do so in the comments section below.
I welcome your positive feedback and opinion.
For the time being, stay safe and stay healthy.