Over a year into the pandemic seemingly is giving more insight into what the post-pandemic world would potentially look like. So many things, including our daily social life and working habits, most likely have changed already and perhaps they will keep on evolving and never even go back to their previous forms. The all-knowing and all-opinion-sharing Reddit online group r/AskReddit was asked by its member u/sinosty, who dropped the surely thought-provoking question ‘What will never be the same again once the pandemic is over?’

It seems that that wearing bras might not make a comeback, as well as touching any surface and not thinking about washing your hands or grabbing your sanitizer immediately. It also could have ‘normalized’ some things that were less common, such as adults living with their parents or wearing face coverings in public. Below are the best examples of the predictions shared by people online.

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#1

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Let's wear masks in public whenever we might be feeling under the weather. I always thought that a very sensible and considerate gesture to make when I saw it being done in other parts of the world.

loopnlil , CardMapr.nl Report

Saateri
Community Member
1 month ago

I sure hope this habit will stick.

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#2

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic I really REALLY hope all this sets a new precedent in terms of public sanitation. The amount of places that are like 'look, we're doing full sanitation procedures to make sure you stay safe!' and it's like...you weren't before?! Grotty.

liliangoose , Wikimedia Commons Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

G R O T T Y

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#3

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic The weird pride surrounding dragging yourself to work when you're sick.

nindiesel , Andy Art Report

kennedy1209
Community Member
1 month ago

So now I can be weirdly proud of dragging myself downstairs to work while sick.

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#4

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Sitting in a doctor's office waiting room when you're sick. I feel like lots of people will wear masks to hospitals and doctor's offices from now on.

LiquidOcelot41 , Unknown Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

that would be awesome!

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#5

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic I haven’t had so much as a head cold in 2020. Guessing the extra sanitization and general cleanliness has been helpful? I always washed my hands like normally but maybe extra focus is a good idea forever.

coldhandswarmearth , Clay Banks Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

me too and it's been amazing! i'm pretty sure not sitting in open office full of coughing and sneezing people helped heaps

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#6

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic The blissful ignorance of sticking my fingers in a random bowling ball, then proceeding to eat food without a care in the world.

Corner_beat , Devon D'Ewart Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL

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#7

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Our healthcare workforce. I'm afraid of a mass exodus of nurses in particular. This pandemic kicked everyone's a**, but none more so than healthcare workers.

BookishJuka , jodie covington Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

It's already begun where I work :-(

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#8

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Many smaller businesses that are already heavily suffering will not able to recover even after the pandemic because it has become so normal for many to just use amazon... So please support your local businesses!

mikevseveryone , Unknown Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

Many small business in my area are delivering now. I would rather order from them and pay $2 to have it delivered so they are supported.

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#9

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic I'm never wearing a bra again babyyyyyyyyy!

justAHeardOfLlamas , Treacle Tart Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

HAHAHAHAHAHA! I haven't worn anything more substantial than yoga pants in over a year. I only wear bra because I go hiking with my dog.

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#10

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Not that I ever did it much previously, but I highly doubt I’ll ever eat at a buffet again.

itsastonka , Can Pac Swire Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

Same. I didn't eat at them much before, but I don't think I could go back to a buffet or a cafeteria-style restaurant again. Too many people's hands touching the thing I am going to eat.

Night Owl
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too. Same with birthday cake after someone blew candles on it

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

If we knew what happens in most restaurants we wouldn't eat out ever!

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago

I worked in restaurants for several years in my 20s and it’s not as bad as you think. Spitting in food or serving dropped or rotten food is way less common than it probably seems.

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Spork420
Community Member
1 month ago

Love buffets! That's the only thing keeping me from regularly visiting Vegas again. Just waiting until they bring them back.

Eslamala
Community Member
1 month ago

If people knew how most restaurants prepare their food, no one would go out to dinner... The most common is preparing most food weeeks in advance and freezing it. Upscale places do this A LOT.

Pezor Zass
Community Member
1 month ago

this was a guilty pleasure for me and i will miss it

Jane Don
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I do wonder how long we will be afraid of living life-

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

I stopped before the 'rona... I went in to a buffet once and the first thing I do is go wash my hands. Now I'm in the Men's Room and there is a guy in the stall taking a dump. (You could tell! ICK!) He got up, opened the door and walked straight out to the buffet and picked up the tongs. SOB didn't wash hands... hell he didn't even flush! I noped out of there and haven't done buffet since.

Summer Woodsong
Community Member
1 month ago

For some reason, I'm not as worried about buffet service food as I am about sitting for any period of time in a building and sharing the same recycled air (and germs).

Lisa Yario
Community Member
1 month ago

Polish buffet that my family always went to for lunches or large gatherings. I'm hopeful that they will make it. Never had any problems with the food there. Family owned. Been going there for about 40 years. Mostly an older crowd. They know how to serve themselves without contaminating the food or making a mess.

TMinus6 and Counting
Community Member
1 month ago

Me either, time for Golden Corral to die.

Ploploplop
Community Member
1 month ago

Rarely went but I miss brunch.

Katelyn
Community Member
1 month ago

The only buffet I'll be going to is the family owned one in my hometown that is in the middle of nowhere

CincyReds
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I hate buffet's! For one I feel like I never get my money's worth, and they are just so gross!

Robert Thompson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I do miss the salad bar. I hope that comes back, even if the buffet of over produced, heat lamp dried, tasteless food never comes back.

Anna Repp
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Nooo! I crave indian food buffets! I need them back!

blue
Community Member
1 month ago

Every family outing was at The Mandarin Chinese Buffet restaurant. I hated it. So happy that the pandemic might finally kill the nasty buffet for good.

tmw
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought that covid was not transmissable via food. Which is why food deliveries have sky rocketed. so the only gross thing about the buffet would be the common touch points. hmm. sanitizer at the table?

The Chosen One
Community Member
1 month ago

ewww I didn't think about that! That's so gross now that I do though

Bettie-Jean Neal
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not much of a buffet person either, but there is a breakfast/brunch buffet at this Mennonite restaurant a few towns over. It's fantastic. They make their own sausage and smoke their own bacon. You can order from a menu, but being able to taste everything they offer is awesome. So many unique items to try! They even offer baked oatmeal bowls with fresh berries.

cah
Community Member
1 month ago

Same

John Bell
Community Member
1 month ago

The first restaurant to close near me was Golden Corral

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 month ago

They had good stuff! Idk if they are open again where I am.

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Treessimontrees
Community Member
1 month ago

Salad bars.... vom

HooowlAtTheMoon
Community Member
1 month ago

The thought of buffets make me sick. Like, seems pretty disgusting to me

Janus Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

I agree. I don't wanna eat food that all these other people have been close to. yuck.

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Colin Matthews
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Omg never ever. Ill have the sneezed on stew thanks

John L
Community Member
1 month ago

This would be where I put my money on this list. Buffets are dead and won't be coming back.

Jaguarundi
Community Member
1 month ago

True that. Unless I simply CAN"T make it at home I won't be eating out very often anymore.

Thay
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah no way. Maybe Chinese buffet cuz like c'mon its Chinese cuisine, but other than that buffets are the worst even before COVID

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago

What difference does it make what type of food it is?

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Never did, but seriously,, that's why: GERMS!

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#11

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Hopefully pizza delivery. No contact pizza delivery is the best thing to come out of this.

BrightFireFly , Emran Kassim Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

YES! Awkward pizza lovers unite!

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#12

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic No one will trust you if you have the common cold or a slight cough.

CarmenArlie , Brittany Colette Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Yes, this. Even though I make sure I am wearing a mask sick and social distancing. When I am wearing a mask, I still cough into my elbow.

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#13

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Adult kids living with their family. I think it'll be more widely accepted in the Western world.

jt13 , ironypoisoning Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

Definitely. In my case, my mother moved in with me because she was having such difficulty in quarantine. I hate to admit this, but I really like having her around.

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#14

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic I think the plexiglass dividers at checkouts will stay around.

awkwardmeghan , KelownaNow Report

Thay
Community Member
1 month ago

Seems like a great way to keep angry customers at bay actually lol

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#15

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic You’re going to see a lot of businesses go fully remote permanently, so a lot of people are going to be moving out of cities into the suburbs so they are going to start booming and turning into small cities.

THExBEARxJEW , Wikimedia Commons Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

Two of our largest offices have given up part of their office space because workers are doing so well at home. They aren't going to make them come back and work in the office full time.

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#16

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic My mental health.

Chronicle89 , Anthony Tran Report

Wonder Woman 848
Community Member
1 month ago

:'( so sorry.

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#17

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic The health of people who had permanent organ damage due to COVID.

MiseryMiss , MarkieMartin Report

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

The long-term health effects of covid-19 infection can appear even in those who had few to no obvious symptoms, so the long-term drag on heatlhcare systems (nationalized or privatized) will be ENORMOUS.

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#18

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Trust in governments.

It wasn't good to begin with, but now it is virtually non-existent.

They turned one of the biggest tragedies of this century into a power grab; most govenments, all around the world. As far as I'm concerned, there is no forgiveness for them.

HistoriansAlwaysLie , ukhouseoflords Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Since people has proven to be selfish and irresponsible I understand why rules have become so much stricter. I lost my faith in humanity seeing how little people care for keeping others safe

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#19

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic I wonder if this will cause a boom in the entertainment industry and Restaurants. As much as I like eating, and watching movies at home. Sometimes there is nothing like getting out of the house and being able to enjoy a good movie or a meal out.

Though I do hope this causes movie prices to go down. $20 for a movie, and even BEFORE the Pandemic hit, most movies weren't even worth that money.

Randym1982 , forumcinemas Report

Elsker
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm afraid prices won't go down. I did miss going to the movies or out to dinner. But it's not as if we're going to go to restaurants every day now to make up for all lost diners. So I think if prices change at all, they are more likely to go up to make up for lost income at the cinemas/restaurants

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#20

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic 6-10 feet of space between people in waiting lines

Mecmecmecmecmec , Wikimedia Commons Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this. STAY OUT OF MY BUBBLE, PEOPLE

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#21

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic I have a slightly different take on some of this stuff—like handshakes, hugging, and casual physical contact.

I think we’re gonna go back to doing these things just as soon as we feel it’s safe. (I know some parts of the country people already are, for better or worse...) But it’s so important for human interaction. I just think we’re going to actually appreciate how important these things are.

Just being close to someone and looking them in the eye after shaking their hand or patting them on the back is critical to making a personal connection. Yeah I know masks don’t cover your eyes but not being able to see half of someone’s face is terrible when it comes to basic human interaction.

SovietTrollFarm , Ricardo Moraleida Report

HooowlAtTheMoon
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm a very touchy person, so I live for hugs and holding hands and stuff. My friend saw me when I was turning in work at my school and he came up to me and gave me a big hug and it was so nice I started crying in front of everybody there. The joy of hugging someone for the first time in a year is amazing, but I hope I will never have to go a year without a hug again... (I'm going on 3 months right now :( )

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#22

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Snow days are dead, school will just be online

StrangeDeformedBird , Devynia Report

Niffler_13
Community Member
1 month ago

I think in cases of severe weather with power outages, it will still be a snow day. The plus side is that if it's a remote day, you don't have to make it up in the summer.

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#23

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic It will no longer be weird to wear face coverings in public so celebrities will always wear them to not be recognised

Austinpowerstwo , Zhang Kenny Report

HooowlAtTheMoon
Community Member
1 month ago

That's really smart actually

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#24

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Commuting. I’m sure I will work from home regularly. Traffic jams will not disappear, but will be less common.

gozba , Lynac Report

Jenny Shmurak
Community Member
1 month ago

Too many companies don't really trust the working from home thing. Give it a year, everyone will be 100% back in the office.

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#25

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Can we keep drive-up doctor's visits? I get upper respiratory infections almost every winter and being able to sit in my car and have the doc come to me was 🌟magical🌟. (No big waiting room/little waiting room while miserable!)

Southern_Blonde , CBC News: The National Report

Incitatus
Community Member
1 month ago

Get a doctor who will just prescribe with a phone call! I get bronchitis multiple times a year, my doc knows this, and all I have to do is call her. She calls the prescription in for me. Once your doctor knows you and trusts your judgment, it works fine.

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#26

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic The feeling of being in a rave, passing round water and sharing bodily fluids, being the thousandth person to use a porta-loo and singing with all your breath, will never be the same again

There is no way we can feel that free again without the pandemic thoughts creeping in

ijustmakecocktails , Jonathan Borba Report

Jette Wang Wahnon
Community Member
1 month ago

Carnival in Venice or Trinidad....I´ll have to think it over carefully....Trinidad probably the better option..think coconut-water and Punchion Rum,the last is not less than 75% proof,will act as a natural disinfectant

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#27

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic In the long term, once the pandemic is over I don’t think a whole lot is going to change, but I do see the loss of many small businesses being permanent.

There will be fewer people working in offices than before, but I don’t think permanent WFH is going to catch on as much as people predict. While some people love WFH, some people hate it, or they are unable to do it effectively, and I think over time there will be some recruitment and retention issues. Those who want to WFH will migrate to companies that are full WFH, while those who want to work in an office will migrate to those jobs.

yyz_guy , r.a. paterson Report

Gay_Forg
Community Member
1 month ago

WFH Is work from home right?

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#28

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic I think cruise ships might be done for lol

Allomonk , mostafa meraji Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

they were disgusting anyway

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#29

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Casinos. I thought they were skanky and dirty before covid (but still fun as hell). Now standing at a craps table shoulder to shoulder breathing 20 dudes air and sharing chips with dozens of people for hours sounds f****** gross.

justpuddingonhairs , Wikimedia Commons Report

Niffler_13
Community Member
1 month ago

I know a bunch of people who have gone to the casinos since they were allowed to reopen. My roommate and about 10 of her friends have a Vegas trip planned for next month.

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#30

Things-Probably-Wont-Normal-Pandemic Having to sneeze in public

Ekeinaes , Pete Jelliffe Report

Wonder Woman 848
Community Member
1 month ago

ACHOO! ACK! MASK MASK MASK MASK MASK!

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