It might seem that the biggest difference in the post-COVID-19 world is the advent of widespread mask-wearing and intensive handwashing. But the changes go much deeper — from innovations on the global scale to everyday habits, some adaptations are obvious while others are completely unexpected. Some of these modifications have affected our world positively, but others have led to unfortunate consequences. We can only make our best guesses about which of these changes will disappear with the pandemic and which will stick around in the long run.
The “Doomsday Clock” is a symbolic clock that displays the countdown to a global catastrophe (the closer to midnight, the greater the danger). In January 2020, the hands of the clock came the closest to midnight they have ever been — only 100 seconds away. The clock now reads 23:58:20, indicating that calamity is close at hand. For reference, when the USSR tested the first hydrogen bomb in 1953, the hands of the clock were still two minutes from midnight.