The pandemic has changed the way most people live, at least temporarily. While the hope is that we will eventually go back to the more carefree lifestyles we enjoyed before the pandemic, some of those changes may be here to stay. It turns out that some of them weren’t so bad, and they may stick around long after the pandemic becomes a memory.
Remote work has been something of a mixed bag. Many people have found it difficult to establish a work life balance while working from home, and others missed spending time with their colleagues. Some people found that the creativity and spontaneity generated by working together under one roof was disrupted when everyone was working remotely. On the other hand, many employees and companies have embraced the change. As companies realized that employees do not necessarily have to be on site to do a good job, some people moved to be closer to family. Others simply enjoyed the greater flexibility of their work days. While most people are headed back to the office, in the years ahead, companies may be more willing to accommodate employees who would prefer to work remotely.
Telehealth allows medical professionals to check in with patients without having them come into the office in person, which can be helpful during a pandemic, such as Medical Daily. While telehealth cannot fully substitute for in-person examinations, it can be a great way to reach populations who might be less willing or able to see a doctor. College students are a great example of one of those populations, and one provider of all-in-one telehealth caters to the particular needs of students to help them thrive on campus. A guide is available that discusses how the pandemic is affecting student mental health, and telehealth can help in reaching and treating those students.
College-age students were not the only ones who struggled during the pandemic. Kids, their parents and their teachers all found that online school from home could not replicate the experience of being in a classroom. Children missed the social aspect of school, and many struggled to pay attention while spending hours in front of the screen. Online education has experienced a boom over the last decade, making education accessible to far more people than was ever possible before. There are many advantages to taking classes online, and it is likely that those offerings will continue to grow. However, it also appears that in-person classes will continue to be standard, particularly for elementary, middle school and high school students.
The internet was crucial in helping people stay connected during the pandemic, but after a couple of decades of increasingly enjoying virtual interactions, many people also realized that they were a poor substitute for seeing friends and family in person. Giddy happy hour videoconferences soon gave way to a sense of screen fatigue for many people. It turned out that as much as people enjoy spending time on their devices, there are limits, and spending time with people is truly an experience that cannot be replicated.
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