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Future Coronavirus Lifestyle Changes

I spent 22 years in the nursing profession. I enjoy writing, reading historical novels, gardening, and helping people live a healthier life.


Coronavirus Lifestyle Changes

Will the coronavirus (covid-19) actually change our lives forever once the virus is gone? As covid-19 has caused a pandemic with several changes in our daily lives, some of these lifestyle changes may be permanent.

Maybe we will stay more conscientious concerning our health once the virus is gone. Right now we don’t know how many will get sick or how many will die. Since this virus also can lives in animals will it affect our meat supply in the future?

Social Distancing

In the U.S. a couple that is intimate stays roughly 20 inches apart, while good friends stay approximately 1 ½ feet to 4 feet apart. Strangers stay from 3 feet to 10 feet apart. In the U.K. acquaintances stay 80cms apart and people that are close stay roughly 50cm apart. Other countries are similar to these two countries.


Protection From a Virus

If people are following the guidelines they are more frequently washing their hands for twenty seconds. In addition, they are not shaking hands with anyone. Will this trend continue when the virus is gone? I think in the future the younger generation may not shake hands at all, even in business.

Will people stop hugging others, except for their family members? Maybe people won’t hug others at a gala event, such as a wedding or some other type of party. Perhaps social distancing will still be important. People may continue to stay farther away from each other.

Life Changes Drastically for Americans

Cleaning House

Will we continue to use stronger disinfectant products when cleaning our homes? Cloth bags used at the grocery store should be washed regularly, so will that habit continue? Door knobs on entry doors should be washed with a disinfectant soap. Counter tops should be scrubbed. Gloves should be worn when cleaning.

Will we continue to wash our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and if no soap is available will we use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to wash our hands?

Some other cleaning possibilities:

  • Kitchen countertops and other frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected
  • Paper bags will not be brought into the house
  • Packages that arrive at the door will be opened outside and any packaging material is thrown away
  • Using gloves while cleaning house
  • Washing all clothes quickly after wearing them

Handling Money

Many of the U.S. population have sold off a lot of their investments and even their retirement funds, probably out of fear as the stock market drops. Will people sell their investments if any other virus appears? Is this drop in the stock market solely based on fear? Would it be better to sit tight and see if the stock market rises when the virus is gone? There are so many things we simply do not know for sure at this time, so it is difficult to predict the future when it comes to investments.

Will we stop using cash and stick to credit cards for all purchases? We already knew money carried germs.

After the virus is gone will we be comfortable when we are dining out? Is a higher class restaurant more trustworthy than a fast food one? Right now we can get fast foods and some restaurant meals by driving through. I don’t see a problem with either one of these options.


Will we be comfortable traveling overseas after this virus is gone? We are in very close contact for a period of time when on planes, so will we be comfortable traveling like we have been in the past?

I think if the person next to you is coughing and blowing their nose you might be uncomfortable even though that person might just have allergies. Maybe we will be more comfortable traveling on vacation by car for a while following this coronavirus ordeal.

If there is some type of outbreak in another country of any disease I think most people would probably not travel to that country except business.

Coronavirus Disease in the U.K.


When you send your child to school would you be more concerned about them catching some disease? Would you pack them a lunch versus letting them eat the cafeteria food?


This article asks numerous questions about the possible behavior of people after the COVID-19 is gone. We have all been affected on a big scale due to this pandemic, and we have learned some new behaviors. Some of the concerns and the new habits we use may continue after the pandemic has subsided. When you go through a stressful time you may tend to rethink things overall and possibly make some lifestyle changes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 17, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

I am absolutely hopeful about the future. We sure don't know if life will be somewhat different and it is nice to speculate. Only time will tell.

Rosina S Khan on April 17, 2020:

Pamela, this is a very intelligent article which considers many aspects of our lifestyle changing after the deadly virus is gone. It is hard to tell taking note of your questions what will or will not happen for sure. Only time can reveal everything. Let's still be hopeful about our future. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful, inquisitive hub.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2020:

Hi Lora,

I think you are probably right about some of the changes. We certainly should be more health conscious after the virus is gone and adopt healthier habits. Taking care of our planet should be of concern. It sounds like you have made many healthy choices and I appreciate all of your comments.

Lora Hollings on April 12, 2020:

I've already given up meat and dairy, so for me that is not a concern. Because the products mostly come from factory farms where animals are kept in such confined quarters and raised in such unhealthy conditions and then slaughterhouses also being so unsanitary, and the tremendous amount of suffering to the animals, I have changed my diet to one which I feel is a lot healthier and sustainable as far as our planet is concerned too. We just can't go on ignoring the deleterious effects of the meat and dairy industries on our climate and environment even without the covid-19 virus! I think there will be many changes that people will permanently implement in their lifestyles as a result of this virus, Pamela. I hope that we all become more health conscious and that we learn the importance of taking better care of our planet and stop exploiting other animals. This is an excellent article that makes us think about these issues which have significant consequences!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 11, 2020:

HI Kathhy,

I also tthink it willk tke time to heal. I think people praying is a posiive . I hope we have a breath of renewal. Your comments are much appreciated.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on April 10, 2020:

Hello Pamela,

This article is so very true there will be many changes to come from this unprecedented time with COVDI-19. However, I think there is a pleasant rewind that has occurred naturally within this crisis. Families are cooking and sharing quality time together. Children are learning from their parents & mentors. Laughter and connection abound with those that seek to have more time together when in the daily grind. Less running and pollution giving our world time to heal in various ways. People praying in unison for a positive outcome. Perhaps some changes will be a breath of renewal.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 06, 2020:

Hi .Eric,

I think the impact of this virus will make some permanent changes and we just don't know yet what they will be bit hopefully some positive ones, like working from home. Thanks for your comments, Eric.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 06, 2020:

My biggest hope is that it creates millions of more Americans staying home to work. What a great impact on the environment that would be!

I like this article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 02, 2020:

Hi Rochelle,

Maybe the world will be more concerned with all people after this pandemic. Prayer is so important all the time but especially during this crisis.

I appreciate your comments. You stay safe and healthy also.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on April 01, 2020:

This has opened the eyes and hearts of many that only prayer could make the difference since we are fighting an invisible enemy. You've raised some helpful questions. Hopefully people would be more concerned about personal hygiene. Thanks for sharing :) Stay safe and healthy :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 01, 2020:

Hi Maria, I agree that online courses will probably increase. It will be intersting to see what does change. Thanks for your comments. Love and hugs.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on March 31, 2020:


You have raised many valid points about lifestyle changes that are bound to linger for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus.

I believe the percentage of online courses in college will increase dramatically as well.

Thank you for this necessary post.



Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 29, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

I think there may be some changes and they probably will be for the better. Thank you so much for your comments.

Adrienne Farricelli on March 28, 2020:

Thanks for writing this article on coronavirus and how it may impact our lives. At a time like this, one realizes the advantages of being self-reliant. This pandemic impacting us so much at a deep level reminds me of how 9/11 changed a lot of things that are still present today. Many changes though are often for the better.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 27, 2020:

Hi Alyssa,

I agree about the importance to look at the the fuuture. I hope we learn some lessons after living theough a pandemic. I appreciate your comments and hope you and your family are well also.

Alyssa from Ohio on March 27, 2020:

Very thought-provoking! There is so much work to be done and the end is nowhere in sight at the moment, but as we navigate through these tough times, it's important to look to the future. I'm sure we all will learn many valuable lessons and I hope we all come out of this better people.

I hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe! :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 27, 2020:

Hi Shauna.

I am a hugger too with family and friends. Hopefully the handwasing will stick because that is always a good thing to do. I agree that the distancing is not fun.

Thanks so much for your comments.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 26, 2020:

Pamela, you raise many good questions in this article. I think perhaps we may be more hygiene conscious when this passes, but I'm not sure much else will stick. I for one, am a hugger. I have certain subcontractors that come into the office and we hug. I don't ever want to change that part of my personality. I hug friends, family, and people I care about. I can't wait until I can do that again. This distancing thing is bizarre, uncomfortable, and depressing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 25, 2020:

Hi Ms Dora,

If perople pray more and wash their hands for 20 seconds that is good. Thank you for your comments, Ms. Dora.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 25, 2020:

Pam, these questions are relevant and they are rolled over in many minds. My grand-kids would embrace a lifestyle change. They want to be home-schooled now that they have experienced it. One change which I hope will continue is that more people are praying.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 24, 2020:

Hi Farrah,

Your assessment mat be exactly right. Thank you for commenting.

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on March 24, 2020:

Good questions you asked. However, humans will be humans; we forget fast. We will retain some of these new habits for a while, but gradually go back to our old ways.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 24, 2020:

Hi Chuck,

I guess the current grocery store stock is an indication of what will happen later. I thought it was interesting to think about the pandemic and what changes, if any, I appreciate your generous comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 24, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I wonder about that also. I have no idea but it would be good for some jobs. Thanks so much for commenting.

Chuck Nugent from Tucson, Arizona on March 24, 2020:

Pamela - Great Hub with lots of thought provoking questions. However, I am not sure that many of the changes you mentioned will be continued by most people. Despite doctors, and mothers in my day, urging us for years to wash our hands many people still don't. One thing I have noticed on the couple of trips to the grocery store I have made in the past month to get milk and fresh produce is that while hand sanitizer has been out of stock for almost a month, the shelves with hand soaps are still well stocked. Great Hub, enjoyed reading it.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 24, 2020:

You raise some interesting questions. My husband wonders if, now that so many have been forced to work from home, how many will continue to do so after the pandemic has passed.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 23, 2020:

Hi MG,

Thank you MG for your very nice comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 23, 2020:

Pamela, a wonderful article and it's so topical with the virus poised to destroy human life as we know it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 23, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

I hope there is some good that comes from having this pandemic. Some simple humand kindness and thoughtfulness would be wonderful. Thanks so much for commenting.

Lorna Lamon on March 23, 2020:

A thought provoking article Pamela and I definitely think this virus will make us take a long hard look at ourselves and realise what is important in our lives. It's like going back to basics, and let's hope there is also a lesson in simple human kindness and thoughtfulness. Great read.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 23, 2020:

Hi Linda,

I guess time will tell but I tend to agree with you. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 23, 2020:

HI Milly,

I think a cashless society is a possibility. I think some people will do everything you listed and others will not. It would be good if we all adopted some of these habits. I appreciate your comments.

Milly Light on March 23, 2020:

I like you article. Very thoughtful. I tend to think that we might need a cashless society in the future. I do believe people will continue with this lifestyle in the next few months or years. I personally will continue doing the hygienic staff and most probably eat at home more than eating out.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 22, 2020:

You've asked some good questions, Pamela. I think some of the changes in our lives might be permanent or will at least last for a long time. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Thank you Miebakagh. I am glad staying healthy is a priority for you.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on March 22, 2020:

Hi. Pamela, staying healthy is a prority. Yes, I do.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Mel,

Regulating supplies is a good idea. This hoarding is still happening. You really have some good ideas and we do have lessons to learn.

Thank you so much for your generous comments.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on March 22, 2020:

I think the number one lesson we learned from this is that the fear of the virus is more dangerous than the virus itself. I think we need to pass laws where certain critical supplies, (toilet paper, bottled water) have to be regulated once they reach low levels. Hoarding has put a lot of people in precarious positions. I also think that supermarkets, pharmacies, and other indispensable organizations should have an emergency stockpile of masks and gloves on hand at all times.

Certainly we have a lot of lessons to learn. I like the way you approached this topic. Great work.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Linda,

Only time will tell about any permanent changes. I wonder too about the hand washing.

We all need a hug frequently. Thank you for your comments. Stay healthy Linda.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 22, 2020:

Much to think about. I don't know if any of the changes we see now will become ingrained in us, or if we will revert to our default settings. It's horrifying to think that we have to be told to wash our hands (what were they doing before?)

I hope we don't permanently lose the personal interaction. I'm a hugger and miss the contact with others.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Miebakagh,

Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you stay healthy.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on March 22, 2020:

Hey Pamela, what will remain permanent will be a new invention in the now. Social distancing is out of the question. In case of ebola, hiv/aids, how far is the so...l During aids and ebolavirus we do shake hands till date. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi again Mantita,

I found this second comment. I watched my church service and didn't check my article for a while, so maybe I just hadn't replied to my comments quickly.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I'm glad things are good for you and Bev. It is the same for my husband and I. We are being careful with the two children across the street that like to come over and visit. It is a joy to have them around but we aren't doing that right now.

Thanks for commenting and I hope you and Bev stay healthy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

I have had that happen also, so now I wait a little longer after I finish my comment to get off the site. I think that helps.

I imagine there will be more changes than I thought about and online shopping may be one of them. Thanks so much for your comments. Much love to you too.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Devika,

This pandemic has been something that really has my attention. We have had to make changes and maybe some of those will last after the virus is gone.

I hope you are staying healthy. Thank you for reading and commenting, Devika.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 22, 2020:

There is so much to endure and with this informative hub it gives us a lot to think about.You have cleared my mind on a lot here and hope is always on our side.

manatita44 from london on March 22, 2020:

I think I was first here, but my contribution has disappeared. Yes, we will have some significant life-style changes in this evolving world. I'm following the events in London, New York and indeed the world. Things seem pretty bad.

You have covered some changes pretty well. Perhaps we will have a lot more online shopping and other electronic changes, if it happens again, or simply preventative measures. Much Love.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 22, 2020:

Bev and I talked last night about this. The thing is, we haven't had to adjust our lifestyle that much. A few minor adjustments, of course, but we are stay-at-home people by nature. We will spend the time spring cleaning and raising our garden. It's all good in our little world.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Ann,

If everyone would practive social distancing this virus would leave more quickly. I think most many of us have learned something during this time. You have good things you can do while at home, which are the same as mine.

I appreciate all your comments. I hope you stay well also, Ann.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 22, 2020:

Good questions, Pamela.

Here we are supposed to stay 3 metres apart from others, except our family of course. There are many anomalies in the instructions but generally it's obvious that we must be sensible about it all. I can't believe that so many are just disregarding such rules, for their own and others' safety. And as for panic buying, well, that's just downright selfish.

I think we will be better able to arrange our lives, be more flexible and also more innovative, more practical, after we've had to stay at home and make our own entertainment in many ways - there are only so many films and tv programmes one can watch!

My partner and I are self-isolating because of his age and medical background. I shall be doing loads of reading and writing I hope. Also it's the perfect time for getting back out into the garden. Everything is sprouting and blossoming so there's tending to be done. I'm actually looking forward to having this time but then I'm lucky as I'm not alone. I shall miss the grandchildren though!

It remains to be seen how this is all going to play out. I hope more people realise the seriousness of it all and that will help enormously.

Keep safe and well, Pamela!


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Raymond,

I agree and I did not address that in my article but I agree. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Clive,

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Flourish,

I agree that hand washing should continue. I do not like seeing people come out of the stalls in the bathroom and not washing their hands. Unfortunately, you are right about picking the nose. That is what we have tissues for!

I appreciate you comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Linda,

I think we will stay further away from people we don't know. I hope handwashing frequently continues. I got use to that as a nurse. Thanks so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Lori,

We do need human contact and certainly within families and close friends hugs will probably continue. I am not sure about shaking hands.

It is all speculation at this point. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I am not sure about medical care but tele-medicine may be hear to stay. I am not sure I have the name right but calling a doctor to get a test for a virus should be easy. I know no one wants to repeat this time.

Thank you for commenting, Peggy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Doris,

I forgot my bags quite often too. I think it may depend on how long this goes on as we don't want to go through this again. I appreciate your comments, Doris.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi John,

I know none of us want to go through this again but we do have to wait and see. I think people will travel but it is something to consider. Thank you for commenting, John.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

You very well may be right. I appreciate your opinion and comments.

manatita44 from london on March 22, 2020:

A lot here Pamela and I dare say you are right. I too, feel that a lot will change for most of us, not all. There are a few silly ones now in many countries whose very nature will be to remain silly and yes, the change will affect them too.

I have been following NY, yes, as you would expect and many other countries including my own and things don't look too promising right now, except China ... a small perhaps. Stay safe.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2020:

A very thought-provoking article, Pamela and you raise some very pertinent questions as well. I, however, believe that when the Coronavirus pandemic passes and things start getting back to normal most of us will come back to following the same lifestyle as they were before it. Human memory is very short!

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on March 21, 2020:

Pamela, I guess we will just have to wait and see if it affects how we act afterwards. That probably depends how long the pandemic lasts and how ingrained these more thorough actions like cleansing, travel and social interaction become. I like the questions you presented though.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 21, 2020:

Pamela, this is a good article, but it describes a terrible way to have to live, so I certainly hope not. I do hope that those flimsy plastic bags that all stores are using today are outlawed. But I remember when we were bringing home roaches in paper bags and preferred the plastic. I hope we don't have to remember to take our own bags to the grocery store because I always forget mine. Oh worra, worra, worra, what's a body to do?

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

I do think that some changes will happen once we get through this Covid-19 pandemic. The safety net for individuals may be strengthened permanently, such as paid family leave. What changes will be permanent regarding medicine and hospitals are still to be determined. You have presented many questions, and we will eventually have some of the answers. Stay well!

Lori Colbo from United States on March 21, 2020:

You have posed some interesting questions. I think people in general will be more conscious of cleaning and washing hands. I don't think it will affect affection drastically. Hugs are so ingrained and we need human touch. Hand shaking might go down. I hope any changes will be good ones. Thanks for writing on this topic.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on March 21, 2020:

Thank you for sharing the article to help to clean everything and continue washing hands. It's best to keep at least a distance six feet from other people within small groups.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 21, 2020:

I’ve been dealing in cash only, exact change. I wear gloves and wipe down everything. I don’t like to deal with credit cards or debit cards because you still need to touch buttons to confirm or enter PINs. A friend of mine used to have a cubicle near the men’s restroom at work and could tell you that many people do not wash their hands. (She could tell by the time between flush and exit.). Also lots of people pick their noses. Any ride down the interstate and you can usually see someone digging for gold. Maybe this will make us at least temporarily more aware of the need to wash hands.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 21, 2020:

Excellent Pointers Pam.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on March 21, 2020:

I do hope China will ban the wet markets selling wild animals (some of them endangered species) for human consumption. That would be a start.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2020:

Hi Cheryl.

I started thinking about this topic which is why I wrote about it. I appreciate your comments. Stay healthy, Cheryl.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on March 21, 2020:

You have given us much to think about. Thank you for this great article.