5 COVID-19 changes I hope are here to stay

In an attempt to stay positive during our 3rd lockdown, I’ve recently been thinking of a few good things that have come about during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are a few things that have changed thanks to Covid that I actually like, and I hope we can hold on to!

Hygiene

One big thing I’ve suddenly become really aware of is cleanliness, or the lack of it before the pandemic hit.

Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t all dying of cholera and typhoid every time we left the house, it was clearly all fine, but looking back at pre-Covid times and thinking about how gross everything was is a bit shocking to me.

Were things ever actually cleaned?
Things like door handles, those poles everyone holds on to on the Underground, shopping trolleys, chip and pin machines, handrails on escalators…
Did anyone think to ever clean that stuff? I don’t think I want to know…

Also blowing out the candles on a cake? How did that become a normal thing to do?

I’m hoping the higher levels of cleaning are kept up when the pandemic comes to an end.

Technology

I’ve always been a fan of Apple Pay, but I’ve always been a bit dubious about leaving my wallet at home and completely relying on it, just in case it either didn’t work or for some reason the retailer didn’t accept it.
Now days it’s become completely normal to expect to be able to pay using your phone or even your watch – no need to carry a wallet around anymore, and certainly no need for “cash”.

Now if only Face ID worked while wearing a mask… (Soon apparently)

Flexibility

I’m loving how flexible most things have become now. Most hotel or trip bookings now come with full flexibility in case plans change, meaning you can re-schedule without penalty or get a full refund.

Working from home has also been a big deal for a lot of people. While I think it’s important that we work alongside others, I think giving people the option to work from home sometimes is important too. We’ll see if that sticks!

Space

One thing I could definitely get used to is having a decent amount of personal space when going out in public.
Remember a time when we used to squeeze ourselves in to a train with thousands of other sweaty bodies, and that was normal? Eww.

I also love the fact that it’s become socially unacceptable for people to ‘barge’ you out of the way or reach over you in the supermarket. How did that ever become normalised in the first place?!

Restaurants as well – gone are the days when your table would be just inches away from the table next door! Well, for now anyway.

Environment

While I definitely prefer working form the office with my friends, working from home has been great too. Can’t we have both going forward?
I just can’t see the point in driving my laptop down the motorway 5 days a week, just to sit behind it in another building before driving it home again. The amount of fuel we haven’t had to burn by not driving ourselves around must be massive.

I definitely can’t wait to go back to work, and to start traveling again, I just hope that this has proven that we don’t have to make some journeys if they’re not actually needed.
If people can work from home, and they enjoy it, why not give the flexibility to allow them to do so sometimes?


So yeah, as terrible as the pandemic has been, I think there have been a few good things to come out of it!

Do you have any other positives that you can take from how we’re living during the pandemic?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Thank you for reading 🙂

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