Past social crises often lead to large changes in social norms after the crisis has abated. Regardless of how the current lockdowns play out, it is possible that more companies will embrace telework in the future, increasing home occupancy during regular business hours. Despite the dramatic magnitude of the current pandemic, there is always a chance that another environmental or biological disaster awaits in our lifetimes which will require a lockdown of even greater extent.


The past few months have shown that policy makers and private entities need assistance from experts in many different fields during a pandemic. Sound studies may not even be among the ten most relevant fields during a public health emergency, but these suggestions may offer a small way to ameliorate real human suffering. Since everyone has a responsibility to help in whatever way they can, we too ought to put forth our best ideas toward creating sustainable soundscapes for those trapped inside until the crisis has passed.