Adaptations and Lessons from COVID-19: A Perspective on How some Industries will be Impacted

Amar Velic1,2, Alka Jaggessar1,2, Senevirathne Wickramasooriya Mudiyanselage Amal Ishantha Senevirathne1,2, Asha Mathew1,2, Phani Kumari Paritala1,2, Majedul Islam1, Arpana Gopi Panicker1,2, Karthika Prasad1,2, Tejasri Yarlagadda2, Kirsten Spann2, Jafar Hasan1,2, Prasad KDV Yarlagadda1,2,*

1Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD Australia 4000

2Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, QLD Australia 4059

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (7), 20071533

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2020.071533

Publication Date (Web): Jun 27, 2020

E-mail: y.prasad@qut.edu.au

Abstract


Since the advent of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), various industrial sectors have been significantly affected. Considering the widespread threat of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, scientists worldwide have been working at a rapid pace to understand the virus, develop vaccines and find possible treatment options. Drastic public health measures such as social distancing, use of PPE, quarantine and complete lockdown have been implemented globally to minimize the spread of the virus. Whilst these measures currently seem the only plausible option, they come at the price of compromised economies. Though there are many collaterally affected industries, this review paper highlights current and forecasted changes in manufacturing, medical, climate change, energy and food processing sectors. Some of these sectors have been positively impacted, such as climate change, whilst others have experienced mixed consequences. Some also face an uphill rebuilding processes, which needs to begin sooner rather than later. This paper highlights important recent developments and perspectives on how industries may adapt and learn from COVID-19.

 

Keywords

COVID-19,SARS-CoV-2 virus,Social distancing,Industries

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