1. Online Shopping and Robot Deliveries
Similarly, COVID-19 has made online shopping worldwide from a nice one to a must-see around the world. Some bars in Beijing even continue to offer happy hour through online ordering and delivery.
A robust logistics system must support online shopping. Personal delivery is not virus-proof. Many delivery companies and restaurants in the United States and China are introducing contactless delivery services that pick up and drop off goods at a specific location instead of or in the hands of someone. Chinese e-commerce giants are also starting to develop robot deliveries. However, before robot delivery services become commonplace, delivery companies must create clear protocols about the hygienic condition of the goods to be protected.
2. Digital and Contactless Payments
The virus can transmit cash, so central banks in China, the United States, and South Korea have taken various measures to ensure that banknotes are properly implemented before we put them into circulation. Contactless digital payments, either in the form of cards or e-wallets, are now the recommended payment method to avoid the spread of COVID-19 with digital payments, individuals can make online investments and payments for goods, services, and even payments for utilities, and get economic stimulus faster.
3. Remote Works
Many large companies have asked employees to work from home. Remote work has been made possible by technologies including virtual private networks (VPNs), Voice over Internet Protocols (VoIP), virtual meetings, cloud technologies, work collaboration tools, and even facial recognition technologies that a person can use the privacy of the house can be displayed on a virtual background. Remote work not only prevents viruses from spreading, but it also saves commuting time and offers more flexibility.
4. Distance Learning
In mid-April, 191 countries announced or implemented school or university closures, which affected 1,570,000,000 students. Many educational institutions already offer online courses to ensure that education is not disrupted by quarantine measures. Remote learning technology is similar to that of remote work and includes virtual teachers, augmented reality, and 3D printing, and robotics teachers with artificial intelligence.
Telehealth can be an effective means of spreading COVID-19 while ensuring primary care. Portable personal IoT devices can recognize vital functions. Chatbots can make initial diagnoses based on symptoms identified by the patient.
6. Online Entertainments
Although quarantine measures have significantly reduced personal interactions, human creativity has brought the party online. Cloud raves and online streaming of concerts are becoming increasingly important worldwide. Chinese film production companies also released online films. Museums and World Heritage Sites offer virtual tours. Online gaming traffic has also increased since the outbreak.
7. Supply Chain 4.0
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global supply thread. Some factories are completely closed for remote and quarantine orders. When the demand for food and careful material increases, some countries have set up different export bans for these matters. The strong trust in paper-based records, the lack of transparency of the data as well as the lack of variety and flexibility have made existing supply chain systems vulnerable to every pandemic.