The Chinese Question in times of Coronavirus

Martin Palouš

The current global pandemic crisis that we all are finding ourselves in has opened a host of questions: How long and how well can we be able to practice social, or maybe better physical distancing in these challenging times, prescribed to us by medical experts in order to stop the spreading of COVID-19?

What will be the medium and long-term social and/or political impacts of this practice that we have had to get used to in the past couple of weeks? How much are our deep-rooted habits and behavioral patterns going to be changed in the “brave new world” that we can imagine now emerging around us after the pandemic’s peak is over? For instance, will we really see the total disappearance of handshakes in the future?