The COVID pandemic is a shocking new experience for all of us. Epidemics aren’t new, but a global pandemic we watch on our devices as it plays out in real time is. We are all experiencing changes in behavior; staying at home, social distancing, using hand sanitizer, wearing facial coverings. We miss our social get-togethers and dining out in a pleasant restaurant or coffee house, and we’re getting expert at video-conferencing.
The changes associated with COVID are sweeping, and no one can predict what “normal” will be on the other side (I’m going to be optimistic and say, “When we have a vaccine”). We can’t predict, but we’re speculative fiction readers, so let’s predict anyway. Instead of the huge, scary and gloomy changes, let’s talk about day-to-day social changes.
Will the handshake go the way of the courtly bow and the curtsy? Will the bow and curtsy make a comeback? Will “share your toys” be bad advice? Will food trucks and park benches become the new fine dining establishments… or will fine dining be exclusively private, with your own hermetically sealed booth?
Masks are already becoming fashion items. What else do you predict will happen with them? Will sign language spring up to augment communication through a mask?
What about work, especially in the information industry? What about shopping? Trying on clothes?
Please share your speculations with us. One commenter with a USA address will win a book from our Stacks.