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From Masked Marriages to Virtual Vacations: 19 Ways COVID Altered the Course of People’s Lives Forever

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has undergone a profound transformation, marked by economic upheavals, deteriorating health conditions, and an unprecedented loss of life. Amidst these challenges, it’s natural to ponder the hypothetical scenario of a world unaffected by the pandemic, wondering what might have been different.

A user asked the forum, “What would be different if Covid had never happened?”. Let’s look at the top responses.

REMOTE JOBS

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Remote jobs and working from home wouldn’t have been as widely available as it is now.”

HIT STARBUCKS AND WALMART AT 1 AM

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“You’d be able to hit up Starbucks at midnight, do a Walmart run at 1 AM, and start the next day at noon with a Sausage McMuffin and a hash brown (that would take at least 10 minutes for them to make), and not feel like you were signing over your firstborn for any of it.”

PEOPLE MIGHT NOT HAVE THE TIME TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT THEIR TOXIC JOBS

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“Many people might not have considered whether working hard for an unappreciative employer was how they wanted to spend the rest of their lives.

This is the big one. People had time to stop and think.”

MISERABLE MARRIAGES WOULD HAVE STILL CONTINUED

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“Many miserable marriages would still be miserable marriages.”

WOULD BE LIVING IN AMSTERDAM

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“My wife and I would be living in Amsterdam right now had Covid not happened.

We were one week away from moving to Amsterdam from Las Vegas when flights started getting canceled.”

INTROVERTS WOULD BE BLISSFULLY STAYING AT HOME

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“Introverts wouldn’t have gotten bliss at having an excuse to stay home.”

PHYSICAL MENUS WOULD HAVE BEEN EXISTING

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“Restaurants would continue using physical menus and not those goddamn QRS that sometimes does not even work.”

FOOD WOULD BE CHEAPER

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“Food would probably be cheaper, housing prices wouldn’t have exploded, many stocks wouldn’t have hit ATHs, etc.”

HYGIENE PRACTICES WOULDN’T HAVE REACHED WORLDWIDE

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“Hygiene Practices: Increased awareness of hygiene practices, such as hand washing and sanitizing, would not have been as widespread in a COVID-free world.”

WOULDN’T HAVE TO VISIT CARDIOLOGISTS AND PULMONOLOGISTS IN THE LATE 30’S

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“I wouldn’t have a cardiologist and a pulmonologist in my late 30’s. I’d be able to carry groceries without having to sit down and rest halfway.”

MASKS

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“Masks would still be for Japanese subways and crazy people.”

LOTS OF FAMILIES WOULD STILL BE ALIVE

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“A lot of people’s families might still be alive, including mine.”

SNACK WRAP IN MCDONALD’S

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“McDonald’s would still have the Snack Wrap.”

MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL HEALTH WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

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“Mental health and for people who have long-term COVID, physical health as well.”

HEALTH WORKERS AND NURSES WOULDN’T HAVE DIED

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“Filipino health workers, particularly nurses, wouldn’t have died.

For the record, nearly a third of the nurses who’ve died of coronavirus in the US are Filipinos. Philippine-trained nurses were disproportionately in the ICUs, the emergency rooms, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, compared to white, US-trained nurses. They were, therefore, much more exposed to Covid.”

NO INFLATION

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“No rampant inflation, maybe. Companies love to use the excuse of the general population getting free money for said inflation when 90% of that money went straight to businesses (via PPP). Now workers are unhappy, so their response is more inflation to keep them in line.”

CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT VACCINES

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“People would still have confidence in the government and vaccines.”

WOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED AND WOULD HAVE OWNED A HOUSE

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“I would own a house and be married by now. I’m sick of every time I get ahead in my career, things get more expensive. Still able to save money and afford to live, which is nice, and got a civil union in the meantime.”

TIKTOK

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“TikTok would be less popular as not many will know about it.”

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This article was originally published on Mrs. Daaku Studio.