Social Interaction in the Context of the Corona-virus Pandemic

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The world is slowly getting back to its feet. It has suffered a significant blow, but there is hope of turning the corner soon. The future, however, might be irrevocably changed. After all, the only constant in life is change. The Corona-virus pandemic has changed our attitudes towards a lot of things, one of those being social interaction.

The effect of the pandemic made the world reconsider its approach towards hygiene. A by-product of that was reinventing how we interact with one another. Handshakes, hugs, and all forms of body contact in confined spaces have taken on new meaning. The world has had to learn new restrictions and safety measures to curb the spread of the virus.

This new reform on hygiene will be around for a while. The persistence of the pandemic continues to postpone a full return to normalcy. The battle against the corona-virus appears to be in its endgame stage; which is the most demanding stage.

The future of social interaction

A lot of planning would need to go into making large assemblies safe for everyone. However, nothing is guaranteed if individuals don’t exercise some form of restraint as well. Click To Tweet

All this begs a question: what is the future for social interaction? The fact that the virus rocked the entire world, including the major powers, should make people skeptical of gatherings. Even after this period has passed, mass congregating will become a contentious issue. Fear of a re-emergence, or even the outbreak of another novel virus will challenge opinions on gatherings.

Musical concerts, large scale religious events, rallies, and the likes were all under the microscope already for hygiene issues. Add the possibility of a virus that spreads through human contact and one can only imagine the consequences. Attendance at these events means nothing short of a herculean effort would be required to implement safety measures.

A lot of planning would need to go into making large assemblies safe for everyone. Even that, however, guarantees nothing if individuals don’t exercise some form of restraint as well.

The reality remains; the corona-virus has changed a lot in a short space of time. The question then is, how will we react? Protests in the U.S., over the death of George Floyd have already shown the readiness to risk gathering together for a good cause. What we need now is a solid plan to make these congregations safe.

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