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.

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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.

...
Community Member
1 month ago

Business will soon see that if people can do all this work from home, they can easily outsource this work to other countries for a fraction of what they are currently paying. Many jobs will be lost. : )

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Jessica Aubé
Community Member
1 month ago

This is already happening in my area ... people in toronto can now work from home so they are moving to our small towns ... a year ago I was planning on buying a small house for 300k. Covid hit and put a pause in my plans . One year later and that small house is now 500k ... we’re all gonna be homeless

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

Happening here where I live right now. A small town expanding at a rapid rate. Also, toss in the people from the big cities who wanted to escape and move to a small town even though a lockdown was in place. (Many brought the virus with them but well, you know the rich do what they please.)

John L
Community Member
1 month ago

This one isn't much of a prediction as working remote a day or two a week, was starting to become common, before the pandemic. I was amazed at how many job applicants asked about this, when we were hiring.

Marika Miettinen
Community Member
1 month ago

I really want this to happen! I want to work remotely and live in the woods, that's my future plan!

Nat Hedley
Community Member
1 month ago

I live in a rural area and all about there are houses selling almost instantly for the asking price.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s like that everywhere.

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Colin Matthews
Community Member
1 month ago

Already happening hete in Australia. Try and buy a house in a regional city...

Franc Esca
Community Member
1 month ago

And it's going to lower salaries and benefits.

Nicole Holt
Community Member
1 month ago

Our office has been working half from home, half in the office. As of June 1st we're expected back in the office 100% of the time. *sigh* It was nice while it lasted. I really hoped we'd get at least a few days a week for home office. It DID work...

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
1 month ago

Not here. Everyone has gone back to the office. I'd rather work from home. :(

Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

Swell, there goes reasonable rents

DogMom
Community Member
1 month ago

I really hope more places go fully remote. If I never have to step foot in an office again I’d be over the moon.

Michael Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Gonna suck to be in commercial real estate.

Winx
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn't mind that actually. Traffic would be less of a pain as well.

Dan Oh
Community Member
1 month ago

After working from home for over a year, i can't wait to get back to the office when we are allowed to towards the end of the year. I miss the co workers I thought I hated. I miss having a place to go every day (didn't miss sitting in traffic though).

Telmo Belo
Community Member
1 month ago

Portugal recently issued a law stating that whoever CAN work from home MUST do it at least until the end of the current year.

Suzy the observer
Community Member
1 month ago

Saves so much money for both employers and staff. Saves time and aggravation for everyone.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

That's positive if it happens

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

People will move where it's cheap to live if they don't need to be near workplaces.

Jessica Aubé
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup And now In southern Ontario it’s not cheap Houses have doubled in price .

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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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