The coronavirus pandemic has numbed the world and knelt the global economy. That is a fact. I have stopped watching and following any kind of news stream and I try my best to work on my passion, my blog. But I can’t ignore the fact that people are stuck into their homes (like I am), and there’s no set date when all of this will end. And this leaves me questioning Who benefits from the coronavirus pandemic?
I am not talking about any conspiracy against humanity or anything like that. I am thinking about what fields and businesses will and are thriving during such a time and who are the ones suffering.
Identifying the business that are struggling to survive is an easy task. It’s basically any kind of business that has to do with going outside, gathering people, visiting any kind of venue. All kinds of group activities are banned so all business that generate money from festivals or any type of crowd, are severly damage and some have allready shut their doors for ever.
But, then we have the other side of the coin. What are the business that thrive? Who benefits from the coronavirus pandemic?
The answer to this question is more like a list, than a specific industry or business.
At the begining, some weren’t obvious (for me), but as time spent in quarantine passed, I’ve come to notice certain trends in people’s activities (Thank you, Social Media!).
So… Who benefits from the coronavirus pandemic?
1 Gaming companies
The biggest generating money industry has come to claim even more of our time and of our money.
People are playing computer games with the same enthusiast I was when I first discovered them, 17 years ago. Oh, the days I spent playing Starcraft.
Gaming platform are doing everything right, having social media marketing campaings in place, reminding you of that game you use to love. And if you are not a complete workaholic or blog addict like I am, what are you supposed to do?
And yes, I also bought a game.
2 Delivery services
As instructed by our governments, we don’t go out much. Some even refuse to go grocery shopping. Others don’t cook that much and order food on Uber Eats/Foodpanda/Glovo/etc (I don’t know the name of all these services, and they are different in each country).
Right now, I might as well get a job to deliver pizza, because it’s probably the best time ever. The bad part is that everyone prefers contactless delivery, so there’s no a lot of hope for a tip. Some apps offer the option for online tipping, though.
The great thing about delivery is that you can order anything, from food to electronics to clothes. I have friends that ordered groceries.
3 Conference call apps
Obviously, we are not allowed to leave our homes because we are all trying to stop the spreading of the virus. This means no family visits. No friends visit. No girls night. Nothing.
Which leaves us to a lot of video calls. I’ve seen pictures online of over 30 people stuck in the same video call. I wonder how they can all talk to each other.
Two weeks ago, I attended my first birthday party via video call.
Video call apps are offering more free features and are gaining more popularity than ever.
These apps are starting to be use for online school clases as well, and it’s taking the educational system to the next level.
And obviously, working from home is the new norm, and video calls have completely replaced the company meeting. I guess a lot of people can work from home, although they said you couldn’t.
4 Social Media
This is a no-brainer. Social media has more content generated per day than it ever had before.
Honestly, I don’t see it as a good thing. I tried to make a point out of it on my Instagram and some thought I should shut up.
The point is that most people get bored at home, and don’t know what to do with their time. I honestly don’t understand it, but I guess some people are more outgoing and restless. And that’s why the number of Instagram stories is high and annoying. And then there are those who really have something to say and host lives session each evening.
5 Online Personal trainers
Wow. It’s like everyone is training for something. All I see on Social Media is people posting their workout from home and fitness trainers sharing online workouts and classes.
Who benefits from the coronavirus pandemic? Apparently, a lot of people and business. Above all, the Internet.