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Learning from the Covid-19 Pandemic
Implications On Education, Environment And Lifestyle

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ISBN 9781032416069
March 21, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
240 Pages 5 Color & 25 B/W Illustrations

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious viral illness caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS-CoV-2. It has had a devastating effect on the world’s demographics with high morbidity and mortality worldwide and such impact still continues in various countries. It has emerged as the most consequential global health crisis since the era of the influenza pandemic of 1918. After the first cases of this predominantly respiratory viral illness were reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in late December 2019, SARS-CoV-2 rapidly disseminated across the world in a short span of time, compelling the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. The outbreak of COVID-19 has proven to be a worldwide unprecedented disaster. Across the globe, billions of people have been physically, psychologically, socially and economically inflicted by it. Its transmission is significantly high and have damaging worst post-recovery implications. The virus is highly mutable and new and new strains are appearing, and many of them have been declared as variants (such as delta, and now BA1 and BA2, their hybrids and others) of concern. The virus has exhibited deleterious impacts on systems other than the respiratory system (primary target organ) e.g., brain, liver, kidneys, endocrine system etc. Right after its declaration as pandemic by World Health Organization in March, 2020, governments in various countries declared lockdowns which no doubt was to combat the spread of disease, had all-round drastic effects.

Besides the impact on health and health care system, the education scenario was initially worst. The introduction of online and/ or hybrid systems did help the students to complete their programs. Though the pandemic has subsided now, the emergence of new variants, the COVID-19 problem is not over yet. There had been an urgent need to maximize the use of online platforms so that students could not only finish their degrees, but also got prepared for the digitally oriented future environment. In such a pandemic condition, the notion of "work from home" had been more important in limiting the spread of COVID-19. During the pandemic, nations tried to devise innovative measures to guarantee that all children had continuous access to education. For efficient education delivery system, the policy makers tried to incorporate a varied range of persons from different backgrounds, including distant locations, marginalized and minority groups. Because online practice has proved to be quite beneficial to students, is being continued even after the lockdown.

Researchers who successfully mitigated the negative impact of social media and effectively used it for acceptance of medicinal or non-medicinal measures during pandemics by developing a real-time information sharing system and assembling a multidisciplinary team of experts to collect and analyze data from a variety of social media platforms across the global diaspora to better understand people's perceptions and attitudes, as well as to spot early warning signs of error and correct them before they proliferate. They also emphasized the necessity of addressing people's perceptions intended at increasing awareness and education, so that social media may be used to promote public trust collaboration, and improved adherence to epidemic control measures. In totality the pandemic affected the environment positively due to less transportation vehicles on roads and less movement of persons from one place to another. Though medical waste was increased and was difficult to handle, the frontline workers dedicatedly worked to take care of it. The pandemic completely changed our family life, life style and thought process. Now people have tried to evolve the new-normal in covid and post covid situations so as to live with it or with other pandemics. People have learnt to become more sensitive and responsible towards handling such situation.

It concentrates on the implications on education, environment and life style. It includes chapters on transformation of education systems including introduction of hybrid mode of education, impact on environment, management of solid wastes, and development of innovative gadgets to help the mankind and make architectural plans for better living in pandemic times. Chapters on transformation of life style including diet, family systems and adoption of new norms in pandemic times have also been included.

The students, teachers, researchers of social science and science as well as public health workers will find it as ready reckoner of information of their interest.

Table of Contents

Preface. Author Biography. 1. Teaching, Learning And Caring In Post-covid Era2. Adoption Of Blended Learning Model In Higher Education Post Covid-193. Ode: Cruising Onto A New Education System4. Covid-19 Pandemic And Paradigms Of Education In Indian Heis: A Mapping Of Tectonic Shifts5. Paradigm Shift In Education And Career Choice Of Students In The New Normalpost Covid -19 Era6. An Impact Assessment Of Covid-19 Pandemic On The Higher Education Institutions Of India7. Academic Administration: Post Pandemic Challenges In Science Education8. Family Life And Education Under The Dark Shadow Of Covid-19 Pandemic In India: Some Observations9. Impact Of Covid -19 Pandemic On Education In Indian Context: Reimagining Education Beyond The Pandemic10. Telecommunication Interventions And Opportunities In Education, Health And Agriculture: Post Covid-19 Scenario 11. Technological Innovations And Challenges In Higher Education During Covid-19 Pandemic 12. Shift In Technology: A Mechanical Engineer’s Perspective In The Post Covid-19 World 13. Architecture Of Covid Era14. Maps, Digitalization And Citizenry (With Special Reference To Covid-19) 15. Covid-19 Pandemic And Environmental Sustainability16. Covid-19 Pandemic And Environmental Pollution: Opportunity To Revisit Environmental Strategies For Public Health Benefits17. Bio-medical Waste Management In Post Covid-19 Pandemic: Need For An Effective Regulation In India 18. Covid - 19 Pandemic : Social Response Through Changing Lifestyles 19. Emerging Life Styles In Urban India Under The Regime Of Covid-19 Pandemic: An Overview Of The Implications 20. Confronting Potential Role Of Yoga In Combatting Covid-19 Pandemic21. Lifestyle Communication, Environment And Development Sustainability: An Analytical Study From Consumption To Information Dissemination During Covid 19 22. Adoption Of Diet Pattern During Covid Pandemic 23. Life Post Covid-19 Pandemic: Opportunities And Challenges For The Decision Makers 24. Post Covid-19 Paradigm Shift: A New Era Of Digital Experience 25. Covid-19: Our Solutions Are In Nature

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