Looking Back At COVID-19 From 2030
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When weighing the possible outcomes of COVID-19, let's fast forward to 2030 and have a look at what we have gained and what we lost to the virus.

1. Handshakes are soooo 2019: Long gone the time when people used to shake hands upon meeting each other – in 2030 we’d rather do the Vulcan* salutation. Much more modern, and it also requires a bit of finger training to do it right.

*Vulcan salutation is a hand gesture popularized by the 1960s television series Star Trek. It consists of a raised hand with the palm forward and the thumb extended, while the fingers are parted between the middle and ring finger.

2. Washing hands, blast from the past: Simply because we’ll all wear protective gloves – at all times. In fact, these are haptic gloves and we can control pretty much everything with it: our smarthomes, our cars, our computers and of course, our games.

3. Social distancing as alienation effect: This is one of the real unfortunate effects of the first pandemic. We only hug the ones close to us (and we trust).

4. Holidays? We’d rather go domestic: The extreme amount of global travel we experienced in the 2010s is also a thing of the past. Now, people also opt for taking cars to discover domestic destinations. Moreover, with the evolution of VR technology, we can easily set up a little Havana or Bali on our balcony, which costs a lot less and lets you stay safe at all times.

5. Patients as the point of care: By 2030 telemed has become the normal way of primary care: what started with COVID-19, became a full reality. It takes only a technological step (telemed or chatbot) to get to meet a medical professional

6. Healthcare data is the new oil: Since the heat of coronavirus, we all know we have to give up some of our privacy aspects for better healthcare and virus spread prevention. Sharing our data keeps our families and societies safe. We also know that our sensitive data is securely locked as global guidelines were set for it in 2022.

7. Biotechnology on top: Biotech is now the new energy industry. It helps create innovative medications and vaccines when needed and is valued more than ever.

Okay, so all the above is imaginary.

We can’t surely know what really will happen to humanity by 2030. There will probably be multiple waves of pandemics over the next decade. One thing is certain, in 2030 we’ll all remember what we were doing during these first months of 2020.

Source: https://medicalfuturist.com/looking-back-at-covid-19-from-2030/
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