Imagine a future in which you’ll be working from home for a multinational tech company. You only get to enjoy a cup of coffee while you work via your computer in isolation. But, you’ve got a good and comfortable home. And, the best thing is you’re in the process of paying off your home’s mortgage. There are no more travel restrictions, and you can take a trip locally or internationally, anytime.
This scenario is what the future may look like in 2025. It’s a very sharp contrast on what life was like in 2019, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. According to epidemiologist, Amanda Kvalsvig, it’s beyond the control of the New Zealand government as to when coronavirus shall disappear out of sight.
Kvalsvig explains if vaccines are donated to underdeveloped countries at cheap prices, with a resource provision for a rollout, the virus may dissipate in one to two years-time. Kvalsvig cautions that by then, the coronavirus shall still be loitering within the environments. But, they shall mix in with all of the other toxic bacteria and viruses that public health agencies take precaution of in avoiding.
Over 5.7 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been provided all over the world. However, only 2 percent of vaccine doses have been given to the general population in Africa. According to Kvalsvig, the pandemic is very infectious that if there shall be no equality in the distribution of vaccines, the virus will continue to spread for many years before it gradually stops doing so.
According to Kvalsvig, a tougher alert level 1 needs to be implemented in New Zealand for the purpose of people enjoying life as usual, while being protected from the virus. To accomplish this mission, New Zealand’s government needs to modify certain environmental conditions. Examples of such modifications include improved ventilated buildings and classrooms, massive vaccinations, and testing of wastewater.
Because working from office and home shall be the new norm post-pandemic, there may be changes in ways travel from cities to rural areas and vice versa works. According to economist, Shamubeel Eaqub, the advantage of this new norm is that people can save money on transportation expenses. Another good thing a new life post-pandemic brings is a technology market boom. Hence, there are going to be additional numbers of New Zealanders who shall be working for overseas companies.
Working from home and office paves the way for more job opportunities in small towns, thus, making housing affordable, simultaneously.