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Sex, sacrilege and spending await society on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.
So says Yale professor Dr. Nicholas Christakis in his new book, “Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live.”
According to Christakis, who is also a social epidemiologist, society will make up for lost time as soon as it’s safe to, with hedonism quickly replacing conservative socializing — but that reversal remains years away.
“During epidemics you get increases in religiosity, people become more abstentious, they save money, they get risk averse and we’re seeing all of that now, just as we have for hundreds of years during epidemics,” Christakis told The Guardian. “In 2024, all of those [pandemic trends] will be reversed.”
As in the “roaring ’20s,” which followed the 1918 pandemic, this will plunge humanity into an era of vice and indulgence.
“People will relentlessly seek out social interactions,” said Christakis, naming “sexual licentiousness,” a “reverse of religiosity” and an economic boom as likely trends.
This eventual outcome is fairly predictable, he said, because the ongoing pandemic — although novel to those alive today — is not a new phenomenon in human history.
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