One theory claims that after the pandemic, the world will experience a period similar to that of the ‘happy twenties’, a period of intense social interaction and economic waste.
The history of each pandemic testifies to the darkest and most fragile moments of humanity. Periods of uncertainty where, unlike wars, enemies are microscopic and do not distinguish between nationalities, age or social class.
Despite the various pathogens and situations that make each pandemic outbreak unique, they all have one thing in common: they always they have an endingEven before it was known for sure what kind of microorganism caused the disease, or even before we could develop dozens of effective vaccines within a few months.
Far from being reassuring, this phenomenon is the starting point of the analysis of Nicholas christakis, sociologist, epidemiologist and director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University.
Through her new book, ‘Apollo’s Arrow: The Deep and Lasting Impact of the Coronavirus on Our Way of Life’, Christakis predicts what the future of the post-pandemic world will be like and her predictions can be grouped into three words: sexuality, wildness Y economic waste.
The return of the happy twenties
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The epidemiologist believes that the inertia of a pandemic world and the enormous human, social and economic costs that it entails, will stop completely in 2024.
From then on, the multiple effects that gave a radical turn to each facet of life at the end of 2019, will give way to the ‘rejuvenation’ of a contained society, hungry for social interactions and hard hit by the pandemic of recent years.
These factors will cause, in the much discussed return to normality, global society to experience something similar to what happened during the 1920s in the Western world, a period of intense social interaction, framed by the flourishing of culture and overwhelming optimism regarding the economy and income level.
The conclusion is not gratuitous. Christakis finds a similarity between the post-pandemic period that characterized the 1920s and the one that awaits us after Covid-19.
On that occasion, the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 –The deadliest in history– was just the beginning of the powder keg of the following years.
The end of the First World War, the technical progress who made leaps and bounds in the creation of cinema, television, mass automobiles or airplanes and the economic bonanza In the United States, as a result of the end of the war, they were part of the cocktail that saw the consolidation of jazz, Art Deco, a new wave of feminism and the artistic vanguards of the 20th century.
This more carefree and free attitude towards life can be partially explained by religiosity. In an interview with The Guardian, Christakis assures that during pandemics, the grief pain and the feeling of living closely with death provoke a state of introspection that favors emergence of faith; however, this trend reverses once the pandemic ends, causing a intense social interaction at parties, celebrations and all kinds of mass events.
One year after the WHO considered the Covid-19 outbreaks as a pandemic, the world is experiencing the first global contagion decline since the appearance of the new coronavirus in December 2019. In addition, in an unprecedented event for humanity, the developed vaccines in a matter of months they are already applied in most of the globe.
And despite the extremely high human cost, pain and grief caused by the pandemic, history shows that our species has managed to move forward and reinvent itself in post-pandemic periods.
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