Opinion: Post-Covid19 - A Fresh Perspective on the Future

We are still in some sort of lockdown with a new set of “flexible rules” that have been recently introduced by the British government.

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Some have argued that the 50-page document outlining the governance is largely confusing, but one sentiment I have taken away from this rhetoric is, “common sense”. For me, the guidance and safety that was set in place initially, largely, still applies and whilst we have been afforded some flexibility with whom we come into contact with, it still resonates that we must remain steadfast in what we do and continue to maintain social distancing, especially with people who we are not familiar with.

I don’t understand why people think the new guidance is confusing – it’s common sense folks and we have to resist returning to what we used to do – we just can’t!

My wife, Sarah, and I have been in lockdown now for what seemingly feels like ‘years’. We have binged watched almost every show conceivable and, on a daily basis, we strive to source new content across Netflix and Amazon Prime – our ‘go-to’ source for “passing the time”. Yet, we have become so aware of what we do.

What should we do post-Covid19?

For example, Sarah goes to the shop on a fortnightly basis, with a view to restrict who she comes into contact with when out and about. Likewise, we walk our dogs twice a day – ensuring that if we pass strangers, we walk on the other side of the road. Our woofters remain on their leads, reducing any chance of inadvertently coming into contact with anyone – our Chihuahuas are super cute, and people can’t resist wanting to stroke them.

We conduct our daily lives using various forms of remote tools such as Zoom and Skype, for any business-related activities and FaceTime with our family. With this kind of technology at our fingertips, perhaps we should all ask ourselves, if this way of working is something we could continue doing post-Covid-19. If we can continue to embrace remote working where possible, avoiding the daily commute, which has huge environmental benefits, then surely this is something companies should begin to start planning?

Embracing mindfulness

Something else, we have taken away from our lockdown experience, is our fortnightly shop. We have been so careful in what we have purchased, ensuring that our fresh produce and meat will comfortably last us two weeks. There is no waste; we purchase what we consume – in its entirety! Alas, prior to this whole Covid19 pandemic, we would often needlessly over-stock with products that were eventually thrown-away because they would pass their best before date.

Now, we mindfully cook on a daily basis and have found great personal value in the fresh produce, no waste principals, where we cook fresh, local ingredients every day with a newly revived appreciation of the local suppliers who have really stepped up to ensure we are all fed during these challenging times.

Dr Dean Anthony Gratton is a technology influencer, analyst and futurist.