While many doctors and scientists are thinking about whether the Chinese coronavirus will stay with us forever or just disappear, ordinary people learn new habits: wear masks, it is better to monitor hygiene, and so on.
Marketers are in full swing to come up with ways to earn money on the fear of a person to catch an infection. Already now, what has been invented: from a contactless door opener to cars and even aircraft with protection against coronavirus. We tried to look into the near future and understand how we will live after the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the moment, no one knows for sure whether the damned SARS-CoV-2 will stay with us forever or disappear. Some argue that after the appearance of the vaccine and as a result of building a person’s own immunity to the causative agent of the COVID-19 disease, the virus will gradually disappear. This has already happened with another coronavirus – SARS-CoV, the causative agent of SARS. The outbreak occurred in 2003, however, since 2004, not a single case of SARS has been reported in the world.
The second possible scenario – Wuhan SARS-CoV-2 will stay with us forever. This is not the first or second, but the seventh coronavirus, which is able to infect humans. Scientists believe that in the process of mutation, the pathogen gradually weakens, so that after a while it will become easier for a person to cope with it. At the same time, we have already formed a certain reflex to wear medical masks and respirators to protect against the virus, use sanitizers and generally better monitor hygiene. And this is great: when a person processes his hands when entering or leaving a store (cafe, cinema, museum etc.) or puts on a respirator in a public room, he protects his body not only from coronavirus, but also from other unpleasant pathogens.
In a pandemic, people found a way to organize mass protests. Moreover, no arrangements are yet required for events. A kind of “rallies” have already taken place in some cities. The form of such actions is very peculiar and has no analogues in the world – all participants write comments near government buildings. The plus, at least, is that they won’t beat the protesters with batons. But there are drawbacks – the chance that you will be “heard” by officials is negligible.
New fears are at the good of business. The label “Protected from COVID-19” or “Processed Against Viruses” can become the new mainstream, as the prefix “Bio” and “Eco” once turned out to be. Such marketing gimmicks are used now not only by food manufacturers, the label “Virus-free” appeared even on building materials.
Courier services have now a new service – contactless delivery: the courier informs about arrival and leaves the parcel under the door. The manufacturer of special diving masks has added a filter element to its products, so its now akin to a respirator. Moreover, the novelty is not a dubious marketing ploy at all: it really protects all the mucous membranes, including the eyes.
A new penny gadget – a contactless door opener – is now gaining special popularity. A small plastic hook with which you can catch on the doorknob to open it. There is an option that is mounted on the handle, which facilitates opening the door with the elbow.
A huge number of devices for disinfecting a car and protecting its interior from infectious agents have been previously sold. But now, with mobile ultraviolet lamps, dubious nozzles for airflow deflectors and antibacterial steering wheel covers, the gear lever and buttons are the second wave of popularity. Unless manufacturers added the note “Against Coronavirus” in the description.
The Italian company Avio Interiors has developed a conceptual design of seats for aircraft that could ensure the safety of travelers in the post-pandemic world. There are two options: the first – transparent curtains are installed on the already existing seats on both sides of the seat, and in the second case, the central chair in a row unfolds upstream and is also isolated by transparent screens. The second option is more reliable in terms of protection, but also requires large investments for deep conversion of the cabin.
At the origins of “coronavirus” marketing was the Chinese Geely, which released a special version of the Iconic crossover with a new intelligent air purification system (IAPS) with an air filter that can hold bacteria and viruses. The system is certified according to the standard CN95. In total, a line of 30 thousand pre-orders was lined up for the car per day.
The US military organized a whole secret “coronavirus” special forces detachment. It included 10 thousand military personnel, and it reports directly to the US Secretary of Defense. The task of the secret special squad includes the evacuation of the president and top officials of the state, as well as some other American officials and generals in case of an epidemiological threat. Welcome to the post-apocalyptic future!