By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
We all have questions regarding some aspects of life as we know it. In fact, raising an occasional interrogative challenge is part of human nature. And, questions comprise the subject of this post.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has dominated lives around much of the world since March, without question prompts many people to utter statements verbally, in print or within their own mind and seek answers to the impacts made by this global development.
Below are 19 questions that have crossed my mind related to the pandemic. Some questions are serious, some perhaps can be perceived as being silly. They are in no particular order of importance, however #19 is the most poignant, I think.
But for all, the answers have yet to be determined.
- Will people want to pursue careers in industries like hospitality, given the large number of chefs, servers, bartenders, hostesses and hotel employees now out of work?
- Will entrepreneurs – especially those in the creative fields – be reluctant to launch new ventures?
- How will the impact of the virus and pandemic influence the presidential and other elections this fall and in the years to come?
- Who will be viewed years from now as “heroes” and who will be viewed as “villains” once the pandemic is history?
- When will the pandemic be “glamorized” by Hollywood in a film?
- On a similar note, when will the first book be published on the pandemic?
- From a personal perspective, will barbers charge men more for cutting longer hair?
- What is the most significant aspect of coping with this pandemic that we have learned so far?
- Many, many people have lost savings and livelihoods from the pandemic, but who will benefit financially?
- When will we stop seeing the virus depicted as that creepy red sphere?
- Will the efforts to finding a vaccine demonstrate future cooperation between government and the private sector?
- Will selecting a mask in a particular color or print be part of one’s daily wardrobe decision?
- Will more people comprehend and appreciate the value of accurate, timely communications now that we receive daily updates on the virus?
- Will the phrase “social distance” be replaced with a less pragmatic phrase like, “Just stay the heck away from me!”?
- Given its value during this crisis, will the practice of ethical, strategic public relations — my profession — gain respect, stature and relevance in C-suites, boardrooms and conference rooms?
- Will trips on public transit trains and buses ever be standing-room-only again?
- When will it be inappropriate to take a stroll or run down the middle of the street?
- Are people as productive working at home than from the office?
- And, of course, what can we do to prevent this horrific episode from happening again?
So there. Now it’s your turn. What questions do you have?