Historians predict a second ‘roaring 20s’ after the coronavirus pandemic is over

Finally controlling Covid-19 could kickstart a second 'roaring 20s', according to experts.

Historian Christopher McKnight Nichols of Oregon State University expects society to bounce back from the pandemic in similar fashion to the 1920s following World War 1 and the influenza outbreak.

He believes having fun will come first as it did a century ago when sport exploded but hugging and shaking hands might be left behind, Science News reports.

The Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age, author said: "We could see a dramatic rise in leisure activities and collective gatherings post-pandemic, including live music concerts and sports events.

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"That’s what happened in the 1920s as societies emerged from the 1918 [influenza] pandemic and World War I. In the United States, the rise [in popularity and national prominence] of professional baseball and college football occurred.

"In Europe, professional soccer expanded. We’re not having fun together right now.

"It’s an open question whether social behaviors we took for granted, such as hand shaking and hugging, will endure."

Leo Feler a senior economist at UCLA agrees, stating recovering economies will be driven by services consumption and the property market.

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Writing for the quarterly UCLA Anderson forecast, Mr Feler said: "The '20s will be roaring, but with several months of hardship first.

"These next few months will be dire, with rising COVID infections, continued social distancing, and the expiration of social assistance programs.

"With a vaccine and the release of pent-up demand, the next few years will be roaring as the economy accelerates and returns to previous growth trends.

"We expect a surge in services consumption and continued strength in housing markets to propel the economy forward."

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Not everyone is as optimistic however.

Medical anthropologist Katherine Hirschfeld at the University of Oklahoma, thinks that conspiracies about public health could open the door for future pandemics.

She said: "The changes that I think are most likely include increasing political division and increased economic inequality in the United States and elsewhere, with the basic science of epidemiology and public health attacked and undermined by conspiracy theories spread on social media.

"If an effective vaccine is developed and becomes widely available in 2021, then the pandemic will contract, but the social environment will still support new disease outbreaks.

"There is no reason to assume that a post-COVID world will be a post-pandemic world."

Ms Hirschfeld explained post-Soviet conflicts failed to tackle preventable diseases.

Anna Mueller of Indiana University Bloomington believes a lot must be done to address children growing up in a pandemic-hit society.

The sociologist said: "Given the number of families that have lost jobs or income due to the pandemic, we’re going to see an increase in children who have experienced deprivation, insecurity and traumatic stress."

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