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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.

Courtesy Sarait Martinez & Seth Holmes
THE NEW NORMAL

Sarait Martinez and Seth Holmes think coronavirus means we’ll finally appreciate our farmworkers

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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 Sarait Martinez and Seth Holmes. Indigenous Zapotec organizer Sarait Martinez is the chair of the board of the Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities. Seth Holmes is a physician and a cultural and medical anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley; he’s written a book about migrant farmworkers in the US. The two work together on issues of indigenous farmworker.

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