Social and Household
Since the beginning of the pandemic people in Ireland have adapted very well to the changes and restrictions brought in to help curb the spread of the virus.
It is in these times one observes just how adaptable people are to unexpected circumstances such as this.
In these unprecedented times media coverage on the subject has been overwhelming and people have responded by heeding the advice of public health authorities and finding solace in the fact that we are all in this together for the long run. Although many have been struggling from the restrictions brought in place. The majority of people have exhibited a positive attitude when it comes to doing their bit to help fight COVID 19.
Essential and local food businesses which for a longtime have been under appreciated are now on the frontlines during the fight against beating COVID 19.
People have stood up and taken on the roles of helping others through remaining at work throughout Ireland to ensure the public has all the necessary products they need to run households.
Health care professionals who had long emigrated have returned to help those on the frontline here at home.
People are showing genuine appreciation to the workers who are putting their health at risk in efforts to combat the virus.
Signs and posters have appeared in communities all over the country to show the appreciation by the public for all those who are working harder than ever before to help save lives.
Boredom and cabin has set in during isolation and many who are living in cramped apartments are finding it more difficult. However, even though these strict measures are proving difficult for people morale is high and people are making the best of a bad situation by turning to virtual outlets such as video call parties and social media to keep in contact with those around them.
The ways we conduct business and interact socially have suddenly changed drastically.
Social distancing a term which was unheard of before in many communities has suddenly become an essential part of daily life.
Essential businesses are conducting business in manners which many are starting to call the new normal.
Even the way people pay for their goods has changed. Cash has been replaced with contactless payment by card. A method of payment which although popular people regularly complained about for security reasons before the pandemic has ironically become the safest payment form for both workers and customers.
Pubs have been closed with no end in sight for a reopening and many may publicans face bankruptcy if help is not given by the government when a time comes for them to be able to resume business.
Pubs in Irelan are big business and for many it is their sole method of socializing. However people have been extremely accepting of the fact that it is just not possible to socialise in this manner now and are beginning to turn to other social outlets instead.
Home cooking is back with a bang this is perhaps the only good thing to come out of this situation so far.
A return to home cooked meals means people are eating healthier than ever. Ready meals and convenience food have suddenly become a thing of the past and have been replaced by fresh produce and wholesome meals. This is a fantastic movement for the better because you are what you eat.
Concerns over the economic impact of COVID 19 in Ireland are not being taken lightly at home and abroad.
There is growing worry by both business owners and citizens in general about the impact this will have on the economy. And according to economists in Ireland we are heading into a recession where we will not see an upturn in the economy for at least two years.
Due to a significant reduction in the amount of travel globally and electricity usage. The price of oil has gone through the floor and countries such as china have begun to buy and store as much as possible at the moment. Also those who are using home heating oil have also begun buying heating oil sooner than needed while the price is on the floor.
People all across the country are working and studying remotely with varying degrees of success.
For those studying at home there have been varying levels of productivity and teething problems with courses now being delivered online instead.
With regards to those who are now working remotely for tech companies call centers and such it has become apparent that this type of work is very doable for those who have the space and a strong enough internet connection.
For those with children at home while working remotely it has proven challenging however the majority of people are willingly managing as best as they can under the circumstances
The recent events have been an eye opener to many people and it is reassuring to see people doing their best to adapt to the current circumstances.