13 Things That Haven’t Gone Back to Normal After the Pandemic


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The COVID-19 pandemic affected every aspect of humanity, from behavioral patterns to customer service, restaurants, and jobs. It would take about two years for some things to start stabilizing. However, these 13 things are yet to achieve their pre-Covid state. 

Reduced Services for “Health and Safety”

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The pandemic halted businesses, forcing many to look up alternative ways to offer services while maintaining health and safety standards. This move saw a reduction in services offered.

Restaurants, for instance, took up takeout and delivery in place for casual sit-downs. Most restaurants have yet to resume sit-downs because they’re making more profits serving takeouts. Meanwhile, AirBnBs expect you to pay for housekeeping.

Cost of Things

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The cost of living, products, and services has yet to return to normal. “It’s brutal now,” writes a poster, “People often talk about house prices and groceries, and yeah, that’s bad too. But I don’t hear enough people talk about utility bills. I find those went up by an enormous amount. Last year, natural gas alone basically doubled.”

Sense of Time

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People are also finding it difficult to have a sense of time ever since the Covid-19 lockdown. Come to think of it, 2020 will be four years in a month’s time! 

Supermarkets That Used to Be Open 24/7

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Additionally, supermarkets are no longer open 24/7 like they used to pre-Covid. Many close between 10 pm and midnight. 

In-Person Appointments for Many Services

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In-person appointments also feel different after the pandemic. Some users are unhappy they have to attend the appointment physically and prefer phone or video appointments. Others complain that service providers have become less competent after the pandemic. 

Unhinged and Hateful Behavior of People

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Also, the pandemic made people hateful, unhinged, and unpredictable, and this behavior hasn’t changed. You’ll find angry people at the grocery store, in traffic, or wherever you look. The pandemic may be gone, but the unruly behavior hasn’t. 

Used Car Prices

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Used cars were the budget-friendly option, but not anymore. Lately, they’ve become overpriced, going for about the same prices as new cars.  

Poor Quality Control

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Quality control on products hasn’t gone to normal after the pandemic. “I’m always on edge to see which of Tyson’s chicken products gets recalled every new month,” says a poster. 

Closed Fitting Rooms

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“Places closed fitting rooms, and instead of reopening them, they just tore them out. Clothing brands differ so much in size. I need to be able to try them on before I buy them,” complains a buyer. Many users mention the closed fitting rooms were the main reason they shopped in brick-and-mortar stores, an advantage these shops are destroying. 

Attendance at Schools

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Teachers explain that attendance rates and children’s performance, resilience, and discipline have dropped. Meanwhile, parents are unhappy that they get called to pick up their children from school whenever they show the slightest signs of sickness.   

Prices for Building Materials

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Are you planning to build your home soon? Well, the prices for building materials, including lumber, plywood, treated wood, and shingles, have increased. 

All-Day Traffic

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Traffic has also gotten worse after the pandemic, lasting all day. Some users think it is due to drivers being more fearful lately, leaving much room between their car and the other person’s. Others mention it’s because drivers multitask driving while using their phones. 

People Who Flake Out of Commitments

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Additionally, many consider it normal to leave commitments without a valid reason or communication. While this was acceptable during Covid-19, the tendency has been normalized, even though it’s rude. 

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