Life After COVID: Will it Ever Be the Same?

Life After COVID: Will it Ever Be the Same?

( – Many Americans have a lot of time on their hands as they self-quarantine and look for new and fun things to do at home. This makes it a great time to think about how things could be different when the economy comes back online and we are given the “all-clear” to resume our normal activities. The question is, what will that new normal look like?

Imagining how daily life could change after this crisis is over is something everyone will have to consider because there’s no going back to the way things used to be.

The Handshake

Possibly one of the biggest, though seemingly insignificant, changes that could come from the COVID-19 outbreak is that we may give up handshakes. Maybe that sounds overly-reactive and maybe even a little taboo. The handshake is a quintessential part of American etiquette, so it’s asking a lot to give up a gesture of respect we’ve become so fond of.

Giving up the handshake is currently recommended by experts and might be necessary in the future. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and part of Trump’s coronavirus task force, doesn’t think we should ever shake hands again. This would limit the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases like influenza.

We’d need to find something to replace it. Right now, the “elbow bump” seems to be popular in the White House. A simple bow could suffice as well.

Will Masks Be in Vogue?

The CDC and the White House have recommended that everyone wear a mask, even if it’s just fabric wrapped around your face, while out in public. While simple cloth won’t necessarily protect the wearer, it does help to prevent the potential transmission of COVID-19. Masks with an N95 rating, while in short supply, are more effective at preventing the wearer from being infected with the virus.

The incubation period of the coronavirus is at least 5 days, which is much longer than the flu’s roughly 2-day incubation. That fact, combined with recent studies showing that about 50% of people are asymptomatic, means that transmitting the virus is much easier than we gave it credit for. If everyone wears a mask, it would certainly reduce the transmission rate of the COVID-19.

Could it even become “bad manners” NOT to wear a mask in public?

Canned and Comfort Food

Let’s face it, the quality of our diets might go down the drain after this. With many people currently locked up at home, comfort food cravings are surely more common. It may not be healthy, but it could help people cope with the reality of being cooped up inside their house.

People are also cherishing whatever canned food they have. They have long shelf lives and are easy to store, making them a part of essential household supplies. When this is all over, Americans may start stocking up on canned food more often and our food manufacturing priorities may shift as a result to meet the demand.

Survival Prep

You don’t need to prepare for a zombie apocalypse to be a prepper. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of being ready for anything and knowing how to adapt to tricky situations. Once this crisis is all said and done, it’s likely people will think about their overall readiness in the face of disaster. They’ll think more about everything from having extra water on hand to having an emergency family plan in place.

Many of these changes to our daily life would stem from the notion of being more considerate about the public good. Through the process of changing our habits and mindsets, we may even become more empathetic towards one another. It’s easier to empathize with the struggle of others when you’ve shared their experiences — and right now everyone’s struggling.

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