SARS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Consequences
The SARS Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had much more than an impact on our physical health. It has dramatically changed our mental, emotional, and social environment, as well. Families, businesses and our economy are all feeling the consequences of this pandemic.
One of the most noticeable consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the economic downturn and financial instability that has resulted. With the majority of businesses, especially small businesses, and certain sectors on pause, or having to proceed in a modified manner, there is a lack of money circulating.
Unemployment rates and finances of many citizens have been affected, resulting in a decrease in spending. This decrease in spending has trickled down to various sectors of the economy, including restaurants, retail stores, entertainment venues, and the travel industry.
The ongoing pandemic has highlighted and intensified existing issues due to social and economic divisions. People of lower-income have been hit harder, due to the pay cuts, loss of jobs, food insecurity, and reduction in social programs. This has led to an even larger gap between those of different incomes and backgrounds.
People have also shifted to a digital-social environment in this pandemic, which has drastically lowered the amount of physical human interaction. This has had an effect on our sense of companionship and socialization, and has taken a toll on people’s mental health, loneliness, and stress levels.
Numerous leisure activities and social events have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. This has furthermore decreased the available opportunity to relax, de-stress, and connect with others – an important aspect of human development and mental health.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a wide-reaching impact on all areas of life. The economic effects, as well as mental and social effects, will be felt for years to come. It is clear that our planet is in need of a reset in order to bring about a healing of our society, for the betterment of the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of us all.