Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] We live in a very different world nowadays. COVID-19, the coronavirus, has caused us to rethink how we work in facilities management and in businesses and classrooms and offices. At the moment there is no known cure for the coronavirus. It is easily transmitted, and has what is know as an R0 value of two to 2.5. That means that for every one person, the disease can be transmitted to two to 2.5 people. It's likely to affect classrooms, offices, and densely populated zones and areas. The areas that we at the moment take for granted. What we need is a paradigm shift, and a change in how we manage those facilities, those spaces, those offices, and those classrooms. What you can see on the screen at the moment is the dashboard from John Hopkins University. And these are the numbers from May 28, 2020. You can see that we're just over 5.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. And you can see the global deaths there are increasing. There's millions of confirmed cases, with global deaths easily reaching approximately half a million some time soon. It has a worldwide impact. And it's affecting healthcare services dramatically. It's affecting the economy and the workplace, and also at home in lockdown. So what do we do? What are we going to do here when we finally come out of this coronavirus environment? Well, we're going to need to look at, in depth, how we manage our facilities. How we allow people in and out of buildings. How we allow people to sit in those buildings and the work. How we allow people into classrooms to learn in universities and colleges. There's going to be a lot of work required in the facilities management function of pretty much every single organization on the planet. This course will hopefully take you into that mindset and allow you to think more about that paradigm shift that we need as we deal with COVID-19 and the aftermath it's left behind.