Martin Serrano

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Martin Serrano
Name Martin Serrano
Company Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics
Company Position Senior Research Fellow and IoT Research Head
City, State Galway City County Galway
Country Ireland
Sectors Data


NUIGalway.jpg A Perspective towards a New Normality and Working Conditions following COVID-19
After the first outbreak on COVID-19 in China, the spread to Europe and other continents, the WHO’s pandemic declaration, the already long duration of confinement conditions in some countries and the unknown effects on everybody’s life, we are yet to see the long effects of the pandemic evolution. Society is yet over studying and analysing what will be the economic and social consequences in the longer term globally. One thing is certain, the biggest impact so far is in people’s behaviour. It is too early yet to talk about the psychology of people after COVID- 19 but one of the clearest consequences is the trust that people have lost in relation to health conditions, not only in their closed circle of individuals, but also in others surrounding them. People are thinking now, about how many of those individuals around them are healthy? or who has not worried about going outside and thinking twice if it is safe (healthy), to use the public transport which is shared with other individuals or going into a place with another group of unknown people. Those questions may remain for a long time and certainly the worst of the pandemic effects is how society as a whole can trust each other to ensure good health.
WHOPandemicDeclaration.jpeg Guidelines for Individuals and Communities in Confinement amid COVID-19
A Pandemic declaration, in terms of the World Health Organisation (WHO), involves two main criteria, first the propagation of a disease in more than one continent and secondly the number of identified cases that are not imported but result from local transmission. In a pandemic, if the virus is known, it is expected that there would be procedures in place that are part of existing health protocol(s) for specific areas. Those procedures are studied and defined based on their impact on society and the number of identified cases.