The global pandemic has affected us all, mentally as well as physically (possibly). But how has it affected the world of work? We know one thing for sure, that it has done so massively. I will be talking about different types of jobs and how it has affected these areas.
During lockdown, no one in England was allowed to go to any of these food and drink places. How did this effect them? Let's look at the example of Pizza Express, a famous restaurant chain. Due to lockdown, they did not make any money, and made a big loss. This caused them to shut down a whopping 73 of its branches! This is thought to have impacted 1,100 members of staff. Many pubs have had to make members of staff redundant because of losses. This industry is one of the worst hit by lockdown.
Sport and athletics
As the virus spread across the globe, sports bodies had to cancel or postpone events. Even the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was postponed! Athletes are keeping their body still in perfect condition by practising at home. Here are few sports that have been affected.
In South Korea, the football league season restarted on May 8 after several weeks of postponement, but still before any other league began. The English Premier league started on Saturday 12th of September. The Euro 2020 has also been postponed until next year. The women's football league in England has also been cancelled.
The World Athletics Championships that were scheduled to take place in Oregon in August 2021 have been pushed back to July 2022 to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Olympic Games, the sport’s governing body said on April 8. Lots more events have been postponed to next year.
Formula One has begun its season behind closed doors in Austria since July, followed by the British Grand Prix at Silverstone under similar conditions, but has yet to publish a revised calendar. Both happened without any spectators. The French Grand Prix began on June 28 at Le Castellet has been cancelled due to COVID-19, organisers said on April 27.
Hospitals and healthcare
Finally, let's look at another big sector. Hospitals have been affected massively as well, with a mind-blowing amount of patients coming to be treated for coronavirus, with some of them going into intensive care (ICU). This has led to an effort to dramatically increase the resources available to NHS hospitals in treating these patients, involving reorganisation of hospital facilities, redeployment of existing staff and a drive to bring in recently retired and newly graduated staff to fight the pandemic. Due to there being so many coronavirus cases, there is not many parts of hospitals where patients who are not being treated with coronavirus can be treated. They cancelled lots of routine operations and there is lots of operations and investigative procedures to catch up.
Lots of people were and still are working from; mostly office workers can do this with the help of technology. Can you think of any other jobs that have been greatly affected by the coronavirus? How do you think people who own a business feel about the future?
Thank you for reading.