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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Workplaces, Healthcare Markets and Healthy Living: An Overview and Assessment

Heather Kolakowski, Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Ellie Valenzuela-Mendoza and Nicolas Ziebarth
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Heather Kolakowski: Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Mardelle McCuskey Shepley: Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Ellie Valenzuela-Mendoza: Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 18, 1-19

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted most aspects of our lives: how we work, how we socialize, how we provide health care, and how we take care of our most vulnerable members of society. In this perspectives article, we provide a multidisciplinary overview of existing research covering these fields. Moreover, we enrich this research overview with news reporting and insights from a panel of expert practitioners affiliated with the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. We sketch existing evidence, focusing on how the pandemic has transformed our lives since March 2020. Then, for each of the fields covered by this article, we propose optimistic perspectives on what healthy living could look like in the future, given the current challenges and opportunities. In particular, we discuss the needed transformations of our workplaces, the health care market, senior living, healthy eating, and personal wellness.

Keywords: COVID-19; healthy futures; future of labor; hospital markets; senior living; infections; spread of diseases; social justice; racial inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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