Changes and threats in the professional world
Covid-19 has created a new global scenario in professional world. The need for confinement has forced thousands of companies to send their employees home to work remotely. Many others, who due to the nature of their activity do not have the possibility to do so, face significant challenges to protect the health of their workers and maintain the continuity of their productive activity. What threats are currently arising from these situations? What changes could be considered to minimize the impact, now and in the future? Is it necessary to rethink how we work to avoid these situations in the future?
Distance and social isolation.
Covid-19 has divided the history of societies around the world and the way its members relate to one another. The obligation to follow strict rules of action regarding distance and the level of contact with other people is having a great impact on all social conventions, as well as on the most basic activities. From how we interact with others in any field (acquiring our food, transporting ourselves, receiving medical attention, etc.), to what means are necessary to do so (e.g., personal protective equipment). What is the greatest impact that these situations are generating? How could it be minimized?
Protection of defenseless groups.
The pandemic is testing our solidarity with the most defenseless groups. If day-to-day life has normally been impacted by current conditions, in certain groups this impact is vital, with minimum survival conditions at risk. Dependent groups, either by age or illness; Vulnerable groups, whether due to the ability to access basic resources: communities in which risks multiply. What approaches could be taken to protect them? What are the most urgent needs and how could they be addressed with effective and high impact solutions?
Long distance education.
The current rules of interaction are having a great impact on the world of education, causing previously unknown situations. On the one hand, confinement has forced that all recipients of educational activities cannot be in direct contact between themselves and the educational community made up of teachers and instructors. On the other hand, families have acquired the sudden role of guaranteeing this educational continuity, an activity for which many are not prepared. Educational entities are making great efforts to try to deliver content and instructions using the online channel, but not all have sufficient means for this approach to be effective, as well as not everyone has the means to access those contents through these channels. .
What challenges is the educational community facing? How could they be overcome to guarantee access to education everywhere?
Access to basic resources.
The slowdown in the economy due to Covid-19 is putting many people in difficulty who see their income cut or decreased. Thus, there is a very high risk of not being able to access basic resources such as food, housing, energy. Likewise, the massive contagion and subsequent disease is saturating and overflowing the current health services, whether it is due to having to attend to new patients adequately, as well as not having the necessary resources to provide regular care to those who need it. independently of the pandemic. How to guarantee that access to basic resources is guaranteed for the entire population? What challenges are the most urgent to tackle and what are the main solutions that we could provide?