To say that COVID-19 has had a big effect on travel is an understatement. From countries going into complete lockdown to worldwide business closing and sending workers home, the economic, travel and societal impacts of coronavirus pandemic are hard to qualify and quantify. So, to make at least some aspects of it clearer, we are going to take a look at the mobility impacts of COVID-19.
International mobility impacts of COVID-19
The largest mobility impacts of COVID-19 happened on an international scale. Once you consider the travel bans and the slowing down of the economy, you will soon realize how much the coronavirus pandemic has changed international travel. And, if we take into consideration how the pandemic is progressing, we shouldn’t expect things to go back to normal anytime soon. So, if you are experiencing some logistics issues, you are not alone.
Dealing with logistics during the COVID-19 pandemic can be quite complicated.
International travel grinds to a halt
To describe this change, in a nutshell, we can simply say that international travel has all but stopped. Countries have closed down airports, except to help people travel back home from foreign countries. Boat travel is practically non-existent, as doctors noticed that cruisers are hotbeds for coronavirus. Some governments have also banned international land travel, even in private vehicles. This, as you might have guessed, has had the biggest impact on the tourist industry, as it is most reliant on international travel. Luckily, certain EU and Asian countries are experiencing a slowing down of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of newly infected cases is lowering, which has led the governments in these countries to lower certain travel restrictions. As of writing this article, international travel is still terribly limited.
Transport of commercial goods
The transport of commercial goods by professional commercial drivers has remained relatively steadfast during the coronavirus pandemic. The biggest mobility impacts of COVID-19 on the transport of commercial goods came through the closing of various businesses. Since business had to close, there was no need for international shipping. Therefore, while the means of transport were there, there were simply no goods to transport. The goods that were available had to go through extra safety measures in order to prevent spreading the virus. However, these measures didn’t go much further from an extra bit of disinfection.
Multiple waves of coronavirus
If the past is any indicator of how things will turn out, we can expect that the COVID-19 pandemic will have multiple waves. Both the Spanish flu and the Asian flu had multiple waves. So, it is quite probable that we’ll see another wave of COVID-19 in about 6 months. How big this wave will be is hard to tell. In most cases, people become too relaxed thinking that the crisis is over. This is why the second wave is usually the deadliest. But, for now, we should mainly focus on keeping the current wave in check.
Lighter travel restrictions with increased public awareness
Sweden stands as a good example of how to properly fight coronavirus. If we manage to adhere to the recommended safety measures, our economy and therefore mobility will recover quite quickly. We don’t have to react to the second wave of COVID-19 with lockdown and travel bans like we did for the first wave. Instead, if we manage to have the same public awareness that the Swedes have, we can have quite normal lifestyles and see the end of COVID-19 for good.
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