Mar 24, 2020
How will COVID-19 impact long-term behaviours?

The COVID-19 pandemic caused people around the world to suddenly and drastically alter their everyday habits, but what will the lasting impact be? Canvas8 spoke to three experts to explore the long-term implications of the crisis on how we spend, socialise, and stay healthy.

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“I don’t think there’s any other kind of society-wide crisis where the threat is everywhere that we’ve gone through in the historical record. It’s going to change people’s lives and change people’s ideas of what’s possible,” says Dr. Ryan Hagen, an organizational and comparative historical sociologist. The impact of COVID-19 on everyday behaviours is unlike anything since World War II as people rapidly adjust to a new reality. Sales of toilet paper are up, stock markets are in turmoil, mortgage holidays are replacing weekend getaways, and many precarious workers face job losses. But how long will our financially unstable, slower, and self-isolated lifestyles last once (or maybe if) we return to ‘normal’?