It doesn't matter where we look. Corona has us all under control in 2020 - and 'all' really meant all. To the last corner of our planet. The virus spread deeply “democratically” without stopping at national borders. Whether poor, whether rich, whether young or old - it could simply affect everyone. And at the same time, the consequences and how to combat them were very different.
It particularly affected the sick and weak, as well as the elderly. Especially in countries with poorly developed health systems. And in retrospect, we could see that the death rate during the crisis depended not least on it.
Just as quickly as the coronavirus, the effects and the news about its consequences spread as quickly. Jobs, orders, bookings, events - everything that could be canceled has been canceled. Sectors such as the hospitality industry, the travel industry, the event industry and all companies profiting from globalization suffered from the so-called “shutdown”, the standstill of the economy and society for several months. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, including many freelancers, were particularly affected.
Some have also had to close their shops and live on their reserves or seek state aid. At the same time, it was most impressive to see who was 'systemically relevant' in times of crisis. And yet, an economy still exists in 2021. Certainly not the same as before, but maybe an economy that is more solidary and more sustainable. Maybe.
Self-employed, freelancers and companies were able to enter into a new, appreciative dialogue with one another and create results for everyone on an equal footing and with respect. That was able to circumvent the initially predicted collapse. And yes, there were also a number of straight smaller companies who could no longer survive in the crisis after a few months.
But some entrepreneurs also reinvented themselves during this time, went new ways and, shaped by the experience of the crisis, created sustainable business ideas. The start-up industry is impressively revived this spring. Also because politics - and thus our society - will continue to be available with funding programs.
From one day to the next, sceptical entrepreneurs were forced to place their trust in their employees. That they also perform their work in the home office. And many of their employees quickly found new meaning in what they do. Not just the lifesavers in health care who struggled for lives on the verge of exhaustion for months. But also the office workers who might have settled in their professional life so far.
Which found their meaning more in private life. Who had no fear of losing their job. They too found new meaning in fighting for economic survival with their employers. Keyword “digitization”: What was not possible in 2019 became reality in 2020. Whether resistance on the part of employers or employees - digital collaboration became the standard, almost overnight. Also in education, where teachers used the Internet to ensure their students' learning progress for months and made the greatest progress in digitization themselves. At the beginning of 2020, nobody would have believed that the school could be digitized so quickly.