Predictions are always risky if you’re a perfectionist, but since I’m not, here is some “food for thought” from my vantage point. I’m not requesting you agree, only that you think about them.
• About 25% of every business will permanently change because of what’s been experienced or implemented (Example: Dedicated food take-out process in even high-end restaurants.)
• An insistence that no one (or very few, depending on industry) permanently work remotely because of the morale, communication, and productivity problems.
• A cessation of flights and long distance train service from smaller cities which now have them.
• A growth in financial services due to individuals and small businesses having learned the importance of cash reserves.
• A rise in entrepreneurism and business start-ups as people seek to rely on themselves and prevent losing a job because of a lack of control. (Most of these will fail.)
• As in Asia, predominantly, a continuation of many to wear masks in public settings long after they are no longer required. This will also involve a refusal to shake hands, hug, or otherwise come in contact with others.
• An increase in concierge doctors, dentists, lawyers, and accountants to ensure rapid access when needed.
• A dependable vaccine will emerge early next year but there will be trepidation about being among the first to take it, people will await any side-effects, so it’s impact will be delayed.
• Countless lawsuits will be filed over the handling of crisis, especially regarding nursing homes and congested neighborhoods, and Congress will initiate countless investigations to try to pin the blame on someone.
• The regular flu season approaching will further complicate COVID identification, treatment, and statistics (and therefore the local responses to those statistics).
• Ultimately, we’ll be somewhat better prepared in the future. But I have to admit that that’s not a prediction, just a prayer.