COVID-19 is rapidly changing the world. The countries closed the borders, factories, and attractions. The governments have enforced quarantine and don’t allow citizens to go outside. The world that had always been working like a Swiss watch slowed down.
The modern world is living in the Epoque of consumerism. The stalls in the stores are full of different products. But because of the epidemic and closed borders, the number of products might reduce. The governments would have to improve domestic trade and start developing local products.
Moreover, there is a possibility that quarantine will become a catalyst for reducing the amount of consumed products. By planning, the consumers will be able to analyze their costs and needs. And in the future, they will be able to give up making spontaneous purchases.
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🌱 S T A Y A T H O M E 🌱 ▪️LETTER FROM F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, QUARANTINED IN 1920 IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE DURING THE SPANISH INFLUENZA OUTBREAK▪️ Dearest Rosemary, It was a limpid dreary day, hung as in a basket from a single dull star. I thank you for your letter. Outside, I perceive what may be a collection of fallen leaves tussling against a trash can. It rings like jazz to my ears. The streets are that empty. It seems as though the bulk of the city has retreated to their quarters, rightfully so. At this time, it seems very poignant to avoid all public spaces. Even the bars, as I told Hemingway, but to that he punched me in the stomach, to which I asked if he had washed his hands. He hadn’t. He is much the denier, that one. Why, he considers the virus to be just influenza. I’m curious of his sources. The officials have alerted us to ensure we have a month’s worth of necessities. Zelda and I have stocked up on red wine, whiskey, rum, vermouth, absinthe, white wine, sherry, gin, and lord, if we need it, brandy. Please pray for us. You should see the square, oh, it is terrible. I weep for the damned eventualities this future brings. The long afternoons rolling forward slowly on the ever-slick bottomless highball. Z. says it’s no excuse to drink, but I just can’t seem to steady my hand. In the distance, from my brooding perch, the shoreline is cloaked in a dull haze where I can discern an unremitting penance that has been heading this way for a long, long while. And yet, amongst the cracked cloudline of an evening’s cast, I focus on a single strain of light, calling me forth to believe in a better morrow. Faithfully yours, F. Scott Fitzgerald #stayathome #takecare #keepsafe
Some people might think of giving up habits that are harmful to nature. According to NASA, during the quarantine in China, the levels of nitrogen dioxide were down by 30%.
But the crisis is a time of change and rethinking. People begin spending more time with their loved ones and devote their time to spiritual development. They are rethinking their values: people from over the world forget about disagreements and begin to unite to confront a common tragedy. Teenagers take care of the elderly, large business enterprises re-equip their factories to produce respirators and antiseptic gels.
Today it is difficult to predict what is going to happen tomorrow: the situation is rapidly changing every day. But one thing is clear – the world will no longer be the same. Let’s draw the right conclusions and together create a better world.
Author: Anastasia Zhukova