Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently said in an interview that he sees America become “different” after the pandemic, morphing into what he calls “America 2.0.”

What’s going on?

Cuban spoke at a Q&A session at the George W. Bush Center on Oct. 21 about the pandemic and what will happen to America next, according to CNBC.

He said the COVID-19 pandemic will force changes on companies. And these changes will become more permanent.

“We’re seeing businesses move toward online. We’re seeing more people work at home. We’re seeing people having to deal with health care issues with uncertainty. It’s up to entrepreneurs to find solutions to those issues,” he said. “That, to me, is America 2.0.”

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Cuban said the following will likely happen:

  • Remote work will continue.
  • People will travel less
  • Businesses will become more digital
  • Innovation will accelerate

Changes to our culture

Dr. Anthony Fauci said back in April that it might be difficult for the world to return to where it was before the pandemic, according to CNBC.

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He said the U.S. could start to “function as a society. But you’re absolutely right, if you want to get to pre-coronavirus, that might not ever happen in the sense that the threat is there.” 

  • “When we say ‘getting back to normal’ we mean something very different from what we’re going through right now, because right now we are in a very intense mitigation,” Fauci said. “If ‘back to normal’ means acting like there never was a coronavirus problem, I don’t think that’s going to happen until we do have a situation where you can completely protect the population” with a vaccine, he said.