Through the massive changes that the pandemic brought with it, people were not doing a lot to look after their health. The world had not seen anything like the Coronavirus in the past, so adjusting to the changes would take time. Additionally, without a cure, the only rules that the Government could implement were preventing the virus from spreading. Most countries implemented mask mandates, making rules for people to wear masks when heading out in public. Additionally, there were rules about social distancing, so people had to maintain it, especially when they were in crowded places to reduce the chance of catching the virus. However, the strictest of the rules was implementing national lockdowns whenever the Coronavirus cases increased within a country. The UK alone had three major national lockdowns, not accounting for several more taking place in smaller parts of the country.
While these changes were positive, keeping up with them was challenging. Most of the people were working remotely, and for the most part, that was from home, which was challenging since there was a flurry of constant distractions and other challenges that they had to get through.
What Were Some of the Troubles of Remote Working?
While remote working was the only way that people could get any work done during the lockdown, there were a few challenges that came with it. For the most part, and according to several reports, employers complained that they saw a decrease in productivity.
However, the worst issue most would face was an unhealthy lifestyle. With people working from their houses, they were having meetings at odd hours, and there was no compartmentalisation between work and personal life. There were other challenges since they had to attend meetings well out of work hours, leading to unhealthy sleeping and eating patterns. With people spending the largest part of their time at home unless they were working in essential services, there were massive changes taking place. Staying at home meant not getting the proper exercise that they would get when they left the house. People were not working out much anymore and paired with unhealthy eating habits was not very healthy in the long run.
Additionally, not meeting and communicating with people in person was not healthy for the mental health of a lot of people they were working with. People dealing with and working through their mental health were getting through processes and coordinating with their therapists. However, when they were not allowed to meet them, they started adapting to remote meetings through virtual platforms, but those were not the same.
How Were People Getting Through The Process?
For the most part, as people, there are things that we would not like doing, but we have to if we want to stay healthy. Companies worked on tech to assist people with getting through processes they would otherwise take for granted. They were now using apps to remind them to get exercise, drink water, and even assist with health issues. Some people were running online virtual platforms where they were getting people to work out to get a little exercise from their homes. They had systems with and without equipment to make it easier for people to participate.
The heart attack rate doubled across the world during the Coronavirus and Researchers say people were now more than twice as likely to die from a heart attack because they weren’t going to the hospital after experiencing symptoms. Most of the people around were walking them off and were considering seeing a doctor when things were better concerning the COVID-19 cases.
Heart attacks usually need immediate action, and even if a person is having one, there should be enough time to react and look after them. If there is a blocked artery, it needs to be dealt with appropriately. Nonfatal heart attacks can cause long-term health issues if not addressed right. Lifestyle changes and stress because of the pandemic may increase certain risks of a heart attack.
Additionally, the stress and anxiety that came with the virus and not having enough information to deal with it appropriately were also unhealthy, and while some were not taking it seriously enough, others were too stressed which was also causing issues.
How Were People Getting Any Work Done?
While most companies and businesses had their doors closed, for the most part, some had to stay open. The Government had certain companies that were classified as essential services stay open through the pandemic since people needed their services. These businesses included grocery stores, medical clinics, pharmacies and vehicle repairs, among others. However, they were significantly understaffed, especially doctors and nurses since there was a massive number of people sick and doctors were assisting as best they could. Additionally, they were also working long hours and were not allowed to leave for the most part.
Companies that were hiring now had to get through background checks to make sure the people they were picking did not have a criminal record. Applicants could use a third-party platform to provide the information during the interview process since some people were not allowed to work with specific sections of society. Some people could not work with people below a certain age, and others could not work with the older, which was all significant if they were working with health and had to deal with all people.