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This is how Post Covid world will be

Although we continue to experience various changes due to the pandemic, there are already some signs of what the famous "new normal" will look like.

People walking in a street wearing face masks

Experts have indicated that the "new normal" will maintain measures that we have acquired during this time. Photo: Unsplash

LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández

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Despite the uncertainty of the Post Covid outlook, there are already some suspicions of what measures will last after achieving herd immunity in various countries. Experts have indicated that the "new normal" will maintain measures that we have acquired during this time.

Vaccine dosage

In mid-March, the Pfizer laboratory, one of the world's largest producers of coronavirus vaccines, announced that the third dose of its vaccine is likely to be necessary to ensure immunity.

Albert Bourla, CEO of the laboratory, explained that after a year in which the second dose is applied, a third will be necessary for the immunization to be complete. "It is extremely important to suppress the group of people who may be susceptible to the virus," Bourla told the US network CNB.

One of the main risks that experts fear is the loss of immunity due to the new variants of the virus that have been shown to be more contagious, and for which the Pfizer vaccine (like some others) has proven to be efficient.

Use of masks and face masks

Another of the big changes to which we will have to get used to, both ourselves and our ears, is the use of masks. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the United States in the fight against COVID, it is very likely that the use of face masks should be maintained, at least in some seasons.

Fauci clarified that its equal use will be recommended and not mandatory. The measure could reduce respiratory diseases, as has been evidenced in recent years in the United States.

The expert stated that "people have gotten used to wearing masks, clearly if you look at the figures, this has reduced the cases of respiratory illnesses. We have practically not had a flu season this year thanks to people having been taking certain type of sanitary measures that were especially recommended to combat Covid-19 ". So, he hopes that for the next few years people will decide to use the masks in seasons in which respiratory viruses, such as the flu, are more recurrent and then people decide to use them to reduce the probability of contagion.

Complex economic outlook

Another element that cannot be forgotten is the economic crisis that has already been reflected as a consequence of the pandemic, but also the increase in the gap between the rich (countries and people) and the poor (countries and people). If the pandemic has left us something and what we will have to start solving from the first moment, it is the inequality that increased between the first and third worlds.

The international NGO Oxfam has already published a study that according to data compiled by Forbes and Credit Suisse, the world's billionaires increased their wealth by $ 3.9 trillion between March 18 and December 31, 2020. This, while millions of people they have impoverished all over the world (especially the global south).

Precisely, a clear example of how this can explode if it is not corrected soon, are the social protests that are currently taking place in Colombia, the most unequal country in Latin America, according to the Regional Development Index.

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Increase in virtuality

Another change will be virtuality. It will not only affect the work-life in which many of us will continue to work virtually or semi-virtual. This will also bring changes in housing (many people will move to the outskirts of large cities) decongesting traffic and demand from industrial cities. According to the INEGI Origin-Destination Household Survey, more than 2 million people moved daily from outside Mexico City to within the city to work. These numbers have been reduced due to confinement measures and could be maintained (at least some) to encourage work from home.