It is already difficult to assess what the timeline of ‘The After’ could be: for the moment there is no clear timeframe on which the Covid-19 could be predicted as cleared, and the magnitude and impact of the economic crisis is also hard to assess. But the more the crisis lingers on, the less likely it is that everything returns to normal as it was before. Daily life is unlikely to be the same, and neither will the economic conditions as long as states have to provide protection measures (restricting activities and movements inside and across countries, etc).
We are all now aware of the extreme fragility of our societies, our civilizations and quite simply, our lives. We are vulnerable.
This vulnerability translates to the business world as well: firms operating in more than one country and offering several areas of activity have no greater protection than monoliners or domestic firms. The shock, even though the epidemic was predictable, will reinforce the need to better predict the future, or at least to plan for a range of scenarios that even just a few weeks ago were unthinkable.