Does 2021 Promise A Safer Future?
What you need to know:
- 2021 holds promise for businesses and individuals as a tumultuous 2020 wraps up.
- The pandemic decimated businesses and limited everyday life for many, and we’re not out of the woods yet.
- The best way forward for businesses and individuals is a sweeping adoption and application of SurfaceWise2™.
It’s the time of year where businesses are stepping back to assess the previous year and make plans for the upcoming one. For many, 2021 can’t come soon enough. The effects of 2020 spared no industry or individual, and with a handful of solutions on the horizon, we’re all ready to toast our way into a more prosperous — and safer — new year.
This is also a popular time for predictions. Think pieces on paths leading away from the pandemic will abound, and while we’re ready to toss our hat in the ring and make an educated guess about the best way forward, we have to start by looking at the facts of 2020, and what they meant, and continue to mean, for us all.
Where we were
In the early part of 2020, when the pandemic was still shrouded in mystery, the U.S. GDP shrunk by 4.8 percent — the first decline in six years. This precipitous drop was due to falling consumer spending, which accounts for around 68% of the GDP.
Where did we stop spending? Well, basically everywhere. We cut back on services and durable goods, for the most part. Additionally, we stopped spending on healthcare services, transportation, recreation, food services and accommodations. In other words, we stopped going places, doing things and buying stuff, and it nearly killed the economy.
Where we are
The economy is on the mend, and we’re all learning how to live with the pandemic, but people are still living diminished versions of their previous lives, and many aren’t certain about what the future holds.
Most Americans haven’t returned to life as they knew it when it comes to out-of-home activities. Sixteen million Americans have canceled their plans to go to college, citing safety fears or financial barriers.
Businesses in every industry continue to face struggles of their own, like how to best disinfect the surfaces in their space, protect their staff and reassure their customers without breaking the bank. On average, they’re spending 600% more on labor and products at a time when revenues are stretched thinner than ever.
Tourism as a whole will take a $1 trillion hit, putting more than 100 million jobs at risk. Airlines are losing $230 million per day, adding up to $84.3 billion for the year. The sports industry is hurting, with game and event postponements and cancellations costing them more than $6 billion. Schools lost millions in funding due to drops in attendance and enrollment.
But perhaps the most chilling losses have fallen on small businesses, which employ nearly half of the U.S. workforce. About 420,000 of them permanently closed by July 10, 2020.
According to the Insurance Journal, the world’s property/casualty insurers would have to collect business interruption insurance premiums for 150 years to absorb the $4.5 trillion global output loss inflicted by COVID-19 and its handling in 2020.
Where we’re going
For 2021 to hold brighter promises for businesses and individuals, the solution is the same. Businesses need a way to protect their staff, customers and productivity. People need the confidence to return to the shops, schools and restaurants that so badly need their support. SurfaceWise2 helps make it possible.
A single application of SurfaceWise2 continuously kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, on virtually any surface. It’s a disinfectant spray that creates a complete protective barrier on surfaces, killing germs for up to 90 days, making it safer to open the doors and return to pre-COVID cleaning rituals.
SurfaceWise2 helps make people feel safer in their return to a public life. It solves the surface-bacteria problem that masks and social distancing can’t address, and will surely complete the triad that keeps people safe in 2021 and beyond.