The last few months have been rough. But, as South Africa and the rest of the world begin to lift restrictions and start the journey to life after COVID-19, we'll have to get used to a new way of doing things. The coronavirus has changed the world and it might never go back to the way it was before. But that can be a good thing. Here, we take a look at a few ways life is likely to change after COVID-19. And explore the role of tech in this new world...
What role will technology play after COVID-19?
Working from home
Because of the pandemic, this is something that everyone has had to get used to - staff and employers, both. And, of course, this wouldn't be possible without innovative tech solutions that help people work remotely. Many claim that 'wfh' has been incredibly convenient and efficient. And business's productivity has kept up even in the face of COVID-19. With this in mind, it's unlikely that everyone will return to their normal office environments even after coronavirus starts to recede. Tech will be crucial in setting up systems and operations so the business world can conquer this new way of working.
Creating digital processes
Now more than ever, people are realising the importance of working together. Employees within a company are leaning on each other for support and inspiration, and local companies as a whole are learning to partner and collaborate so that both teams grow and succeed. But, while people have been working at home, this interaction has become tricky.
Tech is likely to play a big role in digitising operations and communication systems so that people don't lose out on person-to-person interaction, but can do so without coming into direct contact. Think about things like digital brainstorming channels, video conference debates and virtual team building. Innovative tech can help make the most of in-person and remote work.
Tech and medicine
This sounds like a perfect partnership, and COVID-19 has highlighted the need to integrate creative technology into the medical profession. Because of the pandemic, we've seen things like at-home consultations, virtual examinations, robots being used to deliver medicine to quarantined patients in a hospital. And even drones delivering medicine and care packages in high-risk areas. This means that medicine can reach anyone, and that healthcare workers can do their jobs without incurring excessive risk. The tech-healthcare industry is expected to keep growing and evolving even after the COVID-19 crisis.
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A digital economy
The finance industry has had an interesting time this year. Countries all over the world have suffered rocky exchange rates and rising debt levels, making people look for alternatives to traditional wealth management and banking. We've seen the rise of fintech companies like Square offering new solutions to digital-savvy customers. Cryptocurrencies have also made big moves in the finance world. And this technology could become even more common place in the future. Do you think a digital economy is a viable solution?
The simple things
While COVID-19 has given rise to some very interesting and innovative tech solutions, it's also made people pause and reflect for a minute. There's no doubt that technology will play a significant role in life after coronavirus. Both in helping people earn their livings and in keeping the world afloat.
But, there's also a place for the simple things in the new post-COVID world. We've learnt to cherish the small things, like lunch with family, weekend trips away and afternoons at the nearby park. In the new world, there's likely to be a harmony between exciting technology and a slower, hygge lifestyle. There's no reason why the two can't happily co-exist.