Getting back to some version of normal
Most of us are in month two of quarantining and coming to terms with our new lives during this pandemic. At this point, most of us have settled into at-home routines, where our work, family, and social lives all seem to blur together. But with some regions starting to re-open, we have to begin thinking beyond hunkering down and consider what our post-coronavirus lives are going to look like. Though it’s unlikely we’ll get back to our previous version of ‘normal’ anytime soon, certain parts of our lives – like education, travel and dating – will resume, at least in some form. But what’s that going to be like? Here are 12 predictions from experts.
Teletherapy will become more widely accepted
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, some people had the option of attending psychotherapy sessions virtually, via video chat. While it was gaining popularity, it certainly wasn’t the norm – until we had no other option. “Many people came to online therapy out of necessity as the ability to attend a face-to-face appointment vanished,” Dr Neil Leibowitz, chief medical officer at Talkspace, a global provider in online therapy, tells Reader’s Digest. “As with many new things, the most difficult part of adoption is getting people to try it. What both clinicians and clients are finding is that they enjoy online therapy and that it is effective.” Once we return to our normal routines, Dr Leibowitz predicts that comfort will prompt the mass adoption of online therapy. “Many people will wonder why they took time off of work to travel to a therapist in the first place and enjoy the value of being able to just log on from home, work, or even a hotel room,” he says.
COVID-19 status will be part of dating
Though we’re at home for now, at some point we’re going to be allowed to go out in public again, and yes, that includes dating. But don’t expect things to go back to the way they were a few short months ago. For example, if/when we get to the point when coronavirus testing becomes more easily accessible, we may start discussing COVID-19 status similarly to how we have come to talk about STD status in sexual relationships – including potentially listing it on dating profiles, according to sex educator and coach Domina Franco. “I think it will be intriguing how this changes society in a myriad of unspoken ways,” she tells Reader’s Digest. “Will people be as willing to make out with an attractive stranger at a bar?”