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We can't get our old life back, but we can make the most of a new one

Conor Skehan


Covid-19 has changed many aspects of our world forever, but it will be futile to try getting back to normal, writes Conor Skehan

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ROARING 1920s: A period of great success after adversity

ROARING 1920s: A period of great success after adversity

ROARING 1920s: A period of great success after adversity

Will we ever get our old lives back? Will our jobs, our homes and the places where we live ever be the same again? What is there for us and our children to look forward to?

''News'' is usually about things that are sudden, unusual or unexpected - once the novelty wears off, things settle back to normal. News about the changes from Covid-19 is different. Many of the changes are slow and less reported because they are gradually creeping upon us. But we should pay more attention because these changes are accumulating, permanent and will change almost every facet of our normal lives forever.

Online retail is closing shops; many office buildings will soon close because of staff working from home; service jobs are changing because of the outsourcing or the off-shoring of many services jobs facilitated by technology.