Covid-19 changes people’s lifestyle


The lifestyle and livelihood of the people have been changed due to the deadly coronavirus.
People have been passing tough time with anxiety at their houses as it is uncertain when the coronavirus pandemic will end.
A huge change is noticed in the official activities of people. Many people are doing office activities staying at home now. Some people have brought the whole world in their hands with the help of internet. Almost none wants to go out of the house without an emergency. Even, political and judicial activities are being held virtually.

As all the educational institutions are now closed, almost all the schools, colleges and universities are running their academic activities online.

However, social and religious gatherings such as wedding, sermon and mahfil are totally stopped. Moreover, tourist places and recreation centres such as zoo, museum, parks are closed.

But a different scenario is visible in the nature. It seems that the nature has got back its normal life. Air and sound pollutions have been decreased significantly.

However, the lockdown in Bangladesh like many other countries are now being relaxed gradually. Offices and other working places are being active gradually.

Talking about the overall situation of the country, former Cabinet Secretary Ali Imam said, “It is not possible to run all the official activities physically staying at office amid the prevailing situation. But, it is for the time being. Everything must be started as usual like in the past after the Covid-19 pandemic ends.”

“Since it is a new pandemic and never came earlier, it has appeared to a new and difficult challenge”, he said.
As it is a new experience, we have to use this experience to overcome further challenges in future, he added.

Psychologist and a Professor of the University of Dhaka, Dr. Mehtab Khanam said that different changes have come across the world for the effect of coronavirus.

“People are being habituated to maintain social distances. They are trying to follow various health guidelines. A virtual world has started to be developed,” she said.

She said, “But there is also a risk in it. Internet or the over usages of computer and mobile phones might lead children to danger. We must be careful or aware of it.”

The DU Professor also mentioned another side of the situation as saying that the queue of hungry people is being longer, which might make the society unstable and crimes or illegal activities might be increased.

It should be mentioned that millions of people have become workless and many of them jobless across the world. A huge quantity of people, mainly the distress and low-income groups, are facing troubles to manage their family expenditure in Bangladesh. Thousands of city dwellers, mainly the middle class and lower-income people are moving to their village homes leaving the city.

On the other hand, the political scenario of Bangladesh has almost changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no processions or public gatherings and rallies anywhere. All the activities of the political parties and other social organisations are going on virtually.

It should be mentioned that the government had announced public holidays countrywide from March 26. A lockdown system is enforced in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is now almost isolated from the entire world.

At least 2,275 people died of infection by coronavirus so far in Bangladesh while 1,78,443 people have been infected. Bangladesh remains the 17th worst affected country in the world in terms of the number of cases. Meanwhile, a total of 86,406 people have recovered from it.