Before and after the covid-19 pandemic: this is how life has changed

La pandemia de la covid-19 cambió muchas formas en que vivimos el día a día.


The covid-19 pandemic changed many ways we live from day to day.

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The world has gotten into a new dynamic from which it has not been able to fully escape. The United States has been under the shadow of covid-19 for about two years, a time that may seem like a long or little, depending on the perspective, but in which things have undoubtedly changed.

Here are some of the major transformations in life in the United States, especially for Latinos.

1. Less life expectancy. Data from the federal government indicate that COVID-19 reduced life expectancy in 2020 by 1.5 years, the largest loss since World War II. Hispanics are the most affected group, since among them life expectancy went from 81.8 in 2019 to 78.8 in 2020, three years less.

2. More depression. Boston University indicates that depression rates tripled with the arrival of the pandemic. Among the most affected are people with fewer social and economic resources, as well as women.

3. Looking for bigger spaces. People have changed their preferences, and now they are looking for bigger houses, and to live in communities where there are several miles separating schools, restaurants and shops. Data is from the Pew Research Center.

4. Evictions on the rise. The inability to pay rent became a ghost on the heads of vulnerable groups, especially Hispanics, since out of every 100, there are 22 who go through this situation, above white people (18%). The risk for both groups of being evicted has almost doubled since September 2021.

5. Difficult decisions. A survey by the American Psychological Association indicates that about a third of the participants said that concern about the pandemic has made it harder for them to make daily decisions, something that particularly affects young adults 25 years of age. 40 years, a group that corresponds to those most affected by the economic crisis derived from the covid. And those indecisions affect things as simple as knowing what to wear.

6. The reality of working from home that is not for everyone. The Census indicates that more than a third of the country’s households have people working there more frequently than before the pandemic, something that only those with higher incomes can enjoy. Teleworking, according to recent studies, improved job satisfaction and the balance between family and employment, which led to higher productivity.

7. Mothers prefer not to work. A Pew Research study indicates that women mothers began to question the desirability of working for a salary. The trait was particularly noted among those with children under the age of 18. The preference for part-time jobs also grew.

8. Change even in love relationships. What many people look for in a relationship was also modified, as it increased the search for a more lasting and serious one than the type of relationship that prevailed before the pandemic and confinement.

9. Virtual medicine. During the pandemic, remote medical consultations also skyrocketed, from telephone calls to video calls, which allowed professional care to reach more people with less risk of contagion.

10. Retirements on the rise. Older adults saw the slow recovery of the labor market as one of the factors for opting for retirement, although health risks, especially for this sector of the population, are likely to have also played a role.

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