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How the Coronavirus pandemic Changed the world

2020 has been a year to remember, talk about starting the decade with a pandemic.

COVID-19 is a deadly respiratory disease that has claimed the lives of millions of people in 2020, it was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 and by March of 2020, the World Health Organization had declared it a pandemic.

The pandemic came with several restrictions to curb the spread of the virus globally. These included lockdowns, quarantines, curfews, social distancing, and the wearing of masks. This changed the world as we knew it.

The onset of the pandemic saw the cancellation of various sporting events like the English Premier League (EPL), concerts like Coachella, and movie premieres globally as reported by The Sauce. Soon after, online entertainment was the way to go as everyone tried to make the most of the time at home. YouTube and live Instagram concerts became the order of the day. Popular shows like Tory Lanez’ Quarantine Radio, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’ Verzuz as well as Kenya’s Club Covid by Xtian Dela were born. Movies premiered on streaming platforms such as Disney+ and Netflix and increased the number of subscribers in the millions. A good example of this is the remake of the 1998 Disney movie Mulan which debuted on Disney + on September 4th, 2020 after months of being postponed.

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Entertainment was needed much more than ever while being stuck at home just to keep sane. Video sharing platform TikTok saw an increase in downloads and content consumption during the pandemic. Challenges and songs on the platform went viral. Personalities such as Jason Derulo and Kenya’s Azziad Nasenya have kept their followers entertained during this time. Songs like ‘Jerusalema’ by South Africa’s Master KG and Namcebo went viral globally, the song has over 290 million views on YouTube as of December 2020.

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Awards shows that were not canceled went virtual with each show trying to outdo the other. The Pand-Emmys and the silent Billboard awards were like no other as the organizers tried to give viewers the awards season red carpet experience the pandemic notwithstanding.

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Music and TV content changed course and highlighted the pandemic of the 21st century. Uganda’s presidential hopeful and musician released a song earlier this year titled ‘Coronavirus Alert’ while Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny released ‘En Casita’ which translated to At Home. These songs encouraged people to stay home and be safe from the virus. TV shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘The Good Doctor’ have taken on the pandemic theme, shining a spotlight on health care workers who have been working hard to treat the sickly.

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In-person boardroom meetings and classes turned virtual making it possible for everyone to converse from different parts of the world at the click of a button. Video conferencing platform Zoom has become a staple and a leader in the world of video communications. Videos of epic virtual meetings fail cracked people up on the internet from children who would not give their parents a moment of peace and quiet to take their zoom meeting, spouses asking for various things while their partner was on a call to being caught pants down after failing to disable the video feature on their devices.

Spending habits also changed drastically, at the beginning of the pandemic panic buying led to a shortage of toilet paper as reported by The Sauce. According to a report by The Guardian, at the end of July, Amazon announced that it had doubled its quarterly profits to $5.2bn (£3.95bn), compared with $2.6bn at the same point in 2019. Net sales had risen by 40%. This is the same across the board with many taking their businesses online. In short, with the pandemic, online shopping became a necessity due to restricted movement and everyone dived in.

The fashion industry took a beating as well with the cancellation of top fashion week events across the globe. As face masks and face shields became a requirement worldwide fashion brands like Nike and Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS rushed to make their very own masks. As reported by The Sauce, singer Rihanna’s annual Fenty show premiered on Amazon Prime Video in October 2020.

READ: Nike Unveils Masks Made From Shoe Parts To Fight Coronavirus

As the spread of Coronavirus increased, celebrities like Idris Elba took to social media announced their diagnosis and some, unfortunately, died from the virus. Some celebrities took this as an opportunity to offer some relief. Some artists came together to perform for COVID-19 relief and Country music legend Dolly Parton’s philanthropic efforts have supported the research of a COVID-19 vaccine as reported by The Sauce.

According to a report on the Environmental impact of the pandemic, the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 brought about several effects on the environment and climate. Due to movement restriction and a significant slowdown of social and economic activities, air quality improved in many cities with a reduction in water pollution in different parts of the world

Overall, 2020 was strange and with so much uncertainty but here comes 2021 let us see what it holds.

What was your favorite moments of 2020?

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