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I can’t speak for the rest of the world but here in the UK, it feels like the pandemic has lasted forever. Partially due to our idiotic government. Partially due to the thousands who flock to the beach every time there’s a hint of sun and not staying socially distance. But it really has gone on and on.
And now we have this blueprint towards the end of the pandemic, where more and more things open up and the country gradually starts returning to “normal”. Whatever the heck that’s going to be.
Although it’s very hard to see anything being normal right now, we have to trust that it will. This can’t last forever.
But the impact of the pandemic, the lessons we’ve learned and the steps we’ll be taking going forward are likely to last for a very long time. I think we’ve all questioned what we knew and some things we done before all this.
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For example, I remember one of the first times my Mum used a cash point after the first lockdown in March 2020 and I was thinking like how GROSS was it that we all readily touched those things without gloves on before? Eeek.
Although the pandemic has been an absolute nightmare, I do believe that some good has come from it.
I do have a whole blog post coming up about the good things that have come from the pandemic from me personally but even collectively, I think we’ve learned the value of connection more, become more aware of our hygiene habits and also taken the time to slow down.
Continuing to stay safe in a post-COVID world (tell me we’re not in a dystopian novel right now) will be mega important. Here are some ways we can do it:
Continuing to wear masks on some occasions
I think I will continuing wearing a mask in some situations long after COVID is over. I know right now we all still need to wear masks but I imagine there will be a time in the future where it’s not necessary but up to the individual whether they want to or not.
I definitely think places like doctors surgeries, on public transport or in enclosed spaces are places I’d still consider wearing a mask in.
Staying up to date with jabs and tests
The jab roll out is well and truly underway and I’ve loved hearing so many people talk about their loved ones having their jabs or them their selves! I haven’t had mine yet – I’ll probably be one of the very last ones due to my age and medical history! But I know when I do, I’ll definitely be staying up to date with vaccinations and I hope other people will too.
I think testing is also something that will be important to keep up with post COVID. COVID test kits are so readily available now that there’s no excuse not to really! From lateral flow tests to antibody tests to nasal swab tests, they’re available for competitive prices which are great for companies who employ a large workforce!
Washing our hands more regularly
I really can’t believe it took a whole pandemic to make us realise how important washing our hands is but there we are. I’m hoping washing our hands more is something everyone will keep up with!
Wearing gloves when touching things – like cash points!
Like I said earlier, I can’t believe we used to touch things like cash points, which are being touched all day, every day but hundreds of different fingers and potential germs without a second thought. We wouldn’t wear gloves or wash our hands afterwards and God knows how many times we would have put our hands on our face afterwards.
It kinda makes me a feel a bit sick, actually.
Working from home more
Working from home has been a game changer for so many people and I think so many companies have realised that they can function – sometimes better – with employees who are working from home! So although this is strictly a safety concern, it’s still something I’d love to see happen more post-COVID.
Being stricter with ourselves when we are ill
Before COVID, it wasn’t uncommon to go into work even though we had a cold or the flu. Probably infecting multiple people on our commutes and whilst at work itself. And even with our social lives; we often powered through, regardless of the fact we were ill.
I hope in our personal lives this pandemic has taught us to be kinder to ourselves when we’re ill and actually take time to rest, stay at home and recover. And for companies, I hope this has taught them that having employees at work whilst they’re ill isn’t helping anyone!
I think these are all important lessons that we’ve learned from this COVID situation and some which we can definitely take forward with us. I know I will continue to do a bunch of these things to stay safe in a post-COVID world.