The rest of the 2020s will be filled with "sexual licentiousness" after people across the world emerge from the lockdowns enforced by the coronavirus pandemic, an expert has predicted.
This exciting prediction has been made by Yale professor Dr Nicholas Christakis in his new book, "Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live."
Social epidemiologist Dr Christakis says society will make up for lost time as soon as it’s safe to.
"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.
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"In 2024, all of those [pandemic trends] will be reversed.
"People will relentlessly seek out social interactions."
Dr Christakis says this could include "sexual licentiousness", liberal spending, and a "reverse of religiosity".
He went on: "One of the arguments in the book is that what’s happening to us may seem to so many people to be alien and unnatural, but plagues are not new to our species — they’re just new to us."
In his book, he argues that, once pandemics end, there tends to be a period where people seek out extensive social interaction, and which Dr Christakis predicts will be a second "roaring 20s" – just as was the case after the 1918 flu pandemic.
And while many Brits have criticised the government's response to the pandemic, Dr Christakis claims it is the disease itself and not the actions of those in charge which is most directly causing people hardship.
"Many people seem to think it’s the actions of our government that are causing the economy to slow — that’s false," he said.
"It’s the virus that’s causing the economy to slow, because economies collapsed even in ancient times when plagues happened, even when there was no government saying, 'Close the schools and close the restaurants.'"
He adds that the current pandemic has actually been fought better than any other which has come before.
"We’re the first generation of humans alive who has ever faced this threat that allows them to respond in real-time with efficacious medicines," he said.
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