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The New Normal

Coronavirus has changed the world. Here’s how experts think it will affect our lives in five years.

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It took a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders for 1.5 billion people worldwide, but something is finally occurring to us: The future we thought we expected may not be the one we get.

We know that things will change; how they’ll change is a mystery. To envision a future altered by coronavirus, Quartz asked dozens of experts for their best predictions on how the world will be different in five years.

Below is an answer from William Frey, a demographer and sociologist focused on demographics within the US. He’s also a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a public policy nonprofit. Frey is the author of five books, most recently of America’s Electoral Future: How Changing Demographics Could Impact Presidential Elections from 2016 to 2032, published in 2016.

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