Since the start of 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic started making its way around the world and on to our newsfeeds, hygiene has been something that’s been taking a priority place when it comes to the different ways to avoid catching the virus.

Apparently the world needed a flu pandemic to understand that washing hands may be a good idea, but as crazy as that seems, we also have gone so far in the other direction that it’s sometimes difficult to remember a time when we weren’t all scrubbing our hands every time we touch something, splashing on the hand sanitizer whenever we venture outside, and making sure to give everything we buy a good wipe before we put it away.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much in terms of how we live our lives, from having to book into restaurants – even if it’s just for a few drinks, to not being allowed to use certain leisure facilities like saunas or getting a haircut without wearing a mask.

So, although we’re certainly remaining hopeful that this won’t be what normal life looks like from here on in, we do have to wonder if certain things that are in place right now – especially in terms of maintaining better levels of hygiene between the general public are here to stay in a post COVID world.

One such thing that we may see changing is in how companies like Digital ID are able to print and issue their ID Cards to businesses who require these services. ID card printers and cards  are used on a daily basis across the country by people to access their workplaces, and even by students to show that they attend a certain school, so ID cards are a pretty common thing that most of us are used to seeing and using in one way or another.

However, we also know that the Coronavirus is said to remain on hard surfaces for at least a few days, which also includes the things we use on a daily basis, such as mobile phones, bank cards, and ID cards.

In order to minimise the risk of infection, companies who manufacture these cards may be forced to rethink how they print and issue them in a post COVID-19 world.

Of course, we don’t know yet what this will actually look like since things seem to change on an almost-daily basis, though from the printing side of things it could actually mean that all printing of physical ID cards will actually cease and they could be moved to a digital format which is held on a database.

This obviously involves a lot of technology and creating of new systems to implement, but on the plus side, you could end up with a more Eco-Friendly ID Card than you had before, and from a security perspective, having things go digital instead of relying on a physical card certainly adds a new level of protection against theft or simply losing your ID card and having to go through the hassle of applying for a new one and wait for it to replaced.

If physical ID cards do remain in a post COVID-19 world, then how these are issued could look different – at least for a while. In-person pickups may no longer may allowed, or it could simply be that new hygiene measures are introduced when collecting your ID card to keep everyone safe.

There’s no doubt that this virus has changed the way we live and while some of these changes may be permanent and may actually be welcomed, we still hope that life will return normal as much as possible sometime soon.

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