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Lot of negatives from Covid. Am curious to poll this crowd on what we think the long term positives will be, both for consultants and society at large. Let’s generate some positive vibes.

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I have three kids under 8, and nearly every single year we get the dreaded vomit bug. We’ve taught them good hygiene, and wash the young one’s hands religiously during winter months. But when it rolls through their classrooms and everyone is getting it, there’s no hope. Maybe this will help with these disgusting slobs who make these outbreaks worse? My wife and I each had vomit bugs a total of three times in our life before kids. My siblings were the same, and I don’t remember kids in my classes puking all the time. It’s not normal. Another issue is the absolutely disgusting condition of offices, schools, and other public places. Janitorial staff used to wipe down all hard surfaces with ammonia or bleach, every day. Now they put some Clorox wipes out and assume that people will clean on their own. Increase janitorial funding!

Man you said it. Before I had my first kid (at age 27) I think I got a stomach bug twice in my life. After my first kid, I probably got at least two a year for 5 years! Since my last two it’s been better, but I think that has more to do with the fact that with our last two my wife stayed home and thus they did not got to pre-toddler daycare and after school care, which is a veritable Petrie dish of communicable diseases!

Ok OP, I see your comment now that you want some bold predictions. Here goes:) If you thought the Nationalism trend was petering out, particularly in America, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The beast has been awakened. Globalism, as a political movement, will take a back seat. Democrats like Hilary, and Republicans like the neoconservatives, might as well retire from public life. Expect real movement toward protectionism, and a reordering of international allegiances. Expect military conflicts. Expect Trump to win 2020, and the candidates in 2024 to be more like him, not less. On an economic front, of the rest of the US follows the path of NYC, we’re headed for a depression. In which case, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the US taking that opportunity to restructure our balance sheet, as it were. Trump spent his career taking his company into and out of BK. What better man for the job?

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For instance, will we see working from home become an accepted practice once this is over? Perhaps not 100% of time, but will corporations allow employees to work from home 2-3 days a week? With +1hr commutes, this could be huge. Also interesting implications for whether the next proposed $2T stimulus should be all for infrastructure... Also, will this lead to stronger ties in local community? Personally, I’ve connected a lot more with my neighbors (while maintaining 6ft social distancing).

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On shore or at least near shoring of critical supply chain elements. More jobs, better security, better responsiveness during next global issue.

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Realizing that something that happens in a remote corner of the world will have a profound affect on our lives will hopefully cause people to realize global issues like climate change, deforestation, famine, war etc. is not a THEY problem but a WE problem. At least, that’s what I hope.

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I think it’s forcing a lot of relationships to be under a close microscope. It’s forcing a lot of tension between relationships and hopefully people can comb through everything productively. I’m a recent grad and a lot of my friends are at their parents and it’s causing fights but forcing them to resolve issues that might have been there before. Hopefully we come out of this as better communicators and with stronger relationships

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Yeah! You learn who can follow the rules and take things seriously you’re forced to spend time with family members you might never get to see you have to learn to get along and survive together

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I think WFH is still one of those things that will become an industry see saw like bullpen/open office vs closed door offices. There’s massive benefits to both and they both cause serious problems now we just get to experience a lot more “no you go” for inperson meetings as well as for virtual. What I really think will change is: 1. Cyber security readiness of organizations. Now that we’re remote as we settle into this I think we should prepare for some massive breaches. 2. Digital revolutions, a lot of clients don’t even have VPNs or virtual tooling for remote workers or they still have people manually entering data, it’s going to be a big driver. Low/no code solution adoption is going to become a big thing as clients realize they can train someone to be a cheap substitute SWE to do some of these jobs.

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Airline and hotel statuses extended.

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I still never receive an upgrade.

The memes Sooooo many good ones. And I have a ton of time to consume them and forward the best ones to grandma

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1) wfh will become a thing and will be offered to those who would like to have it few items a week; 2) less need in vis-a-vis meetings will eliminate obnoxious amount spent on the driving and flights and will create more free time (the most important thing that each of us has); 3) less environmental pollution as the result of 2; 4) more time spent with families and loved ones will create stronger bonds and hopefully will make everyone just happier; 5) high level of a hygiene throughout the globe will help with building of healthier generations overall; 6) educational resources will be available for a lot of people in a digital format at more affordable rates; 7) cyber bullying and harassment will be taken more seriously with serious consequences.

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Oh! Internet will hopefully be considered a utility like water, gas and electricity and regulated and priced as such.

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Saving money by not buying gas and lunches!

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Real Estate prices may drop due to population reduction. Also for people with spare cash it’s a great time to invest long term as markets will eventually recover.

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The population isn’t gonna reduce that much lol

I think all of this remote working will make people realize how much they crave face to face interaction and the pendulum will swing towards more in person activities. And I also predict that people will be so sick of athleisure attire that they will dress better at work. Truthfully, I have no idea - this is just how I’m feeling. I’m tired of working from home and I’m sick of lululemon.

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Thank you :)

I think will save critical manufacturing returning to the US. The fact that we have some of the most invaded pharmaceutical companies that rely heavily on imports has been brought to the forefront. We will probably see a combination of government incentives and government mandates to move it back on shore.

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More remote work. Smaller carbon footprint. We’re going to hopefully have Earth and the climate, go through a detox!

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Jesus Christ

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These feel kind of weak sauce (e.g. increasing need for cyber security, uprising against athleisure attire, etc.). Do we have any bold predictions that would really change things up?

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The last one was key 😂

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What are y’alls thoughts on airline travel frequency? How long will it take for those to start regularly flying again? Any guestimations

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Less imports from China. Nuclear family seen as less of an ideal than it ever was (divorces increase for a while). National security puts more emphasis on bio-medical threats.

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A positive is we create good habits like hygiene and responsible social distancing (like staying home when sick). It would greatly help us next flu season and beyond. If somehow we cut the flu cases and deaths by a significant % because of our experience here, i think thats a plus.

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I think this will pave the way to a new world for sure. Now what this looks like is tbd.

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What a SPEECH!! So excited for the Biden Administration! And they’re hitting the ground running! Biden Coronavirus task force incoming on Monday! Let’s get this virus under control so that we can safely open up our economy!

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