Summary

  • Working remotely appears to be here to stay, yet going out to eat may never be as common as it once was.
  • To measure how behavior has changed and remains to change as a result of the epidemic, a “normalcy index” has been established.
  • The index includes 50 of the fastest-growing economies, which together contribute to 90% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product and 76% of the global population.

Most people pondered about the world reverting back to its “normal” state since the epidemic began.  Though it’s uncertain if matters could ever go back to the way they have been. Working remotely appears to be here to stay, and going to the cinema may not be as popular as it once was.

The index was divided into three sections. The first category is transportation and traveling, which includes mass transit in major cities and congested roads in those same locations.

The second examines leisure and recreation, specifically however how much time has been spent outside the house. The third category is commerce and work, which includes store traffic and office occupancy

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, public transportation has greatly improved. Congestion levels have also returned to normal. However, regarding amusement & recreation; the global average time spent outside of the house plummeted by 20% when lockdowns were at their most severe in April 2020 and the closing of theatres and football stadiums resulted in zero movements in those places. 

The work and shopping domain seems to be heading in the same directions as the amusement and recreation section. The covid-19 epidemic has created two main features: Zoom conferences and online shipments. The majority of workers are banking on continuous flexibility as to how much time they spend at work as workplace occupancy may never recover to pre-pandemic levels. 

This, however, does not apply to all countries. For example, Thailand and Vietnam’s retail and office traffic grew higher than the global average. On the other hand, we can see that countries like Malaysia and the Philippines’ retail and office traffic dropped lower than the global average, more significantly so in the Philippines. 

The pandemic has slowed down many parts of our daily routine, disrupting it by creating new habits, those specifically online-based. Most businesses still may take a long time to recover if ever, thus the shift to a new way of business online is vital for their survival.