Life under lockdown, what changes have you noticed?
We have all experienced the lockdown in different ways and overcome different challenges. We have become familiar with new ways to behave, as sign of how our lives are changing. There are some interesting facts about the way we are living right now, and how we might be living in the future.
Take a look at some of the interesting observations you might have noticed or experienced:
- Joe Wicks is twenty times less dangerous than a trampoline. Statistics provided by Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex have revealed, Joe Wicks’ famous workouts have only caused two injuries, while trampolines have caused 40!
- Lockdown’s emissions lull may could make 1/100th degrees centigrade difference in global temperatures. Dr Housfather notes, “the effects of CO2 on the climate are cumulative, so what matters isn’t how much we emit in a particular year, what matters is how much we emit over the next hundred years.”
- Car use time travelled us back to the 1950s. “Reduction in road vehicle activity has taken us back to levels similar to the 1950s,” explains Dr David Carslaw, a reader in urban air pollution at the University of York. He adds: “in terms of emissions…we’ve probably gone back to the early 1900s.”
- Birds are likely to be singing half as loudly during lockdown, even though we can hear them more clearly! How loudly birds sing is influenced by the amount of background noise they are competing against. A reduction in background noise during lock-down has influenced the decibels recorded by singing birds
- Only 6% of UK households were ever panic buying. You may have seen it or experienced it first hand, the stock-piling behaviour during lock-down. The ‘holy grail items’ such a s pasta and toilet roll missing from the shelves, but actually, only 6% of UK households displayed stockpiling behaviour.
- Freight rolls on despite a period where one in ten HGV drivers and one in six van drivers were off work. Just like many sectors, illness had an impact on the number of drivers delivering goods. At one point, one in ten HGV drivers and one in six van drivers were off work. However, during this time, drivers from sectors that were dormant, have been recruited to help, so someone who normally delivers food to restaurants are now doing that for supermarkets.
- The number of people working from home has trebled. Before COVID19, 15% of the population were working from home, during lockdown, 44%! Unsurprisingly, this is a significant increase. This could lead to changes in how businesses operate and we might see a permanent change to working patterns in the future.
- One third of employees under 25 work in vulnerable sectors. Xiaowei Xu, Senior Research Economist from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, notes that one-third of employees under 25 work in retail, hospitality and arts and leisure - the most affected sectors.