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Post pandemic

Have you already thought of what you'll do differently once things are back to normal?
Will you look into doing new things/ stop something you were doing before?
How has your mindset changed?
Do you have any "post-covid" resolutions? Reply

    Last reply: 21st May 2020 / 102 replies / Post by Cafestudy Admin

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roger0987

Posted by: roger0987
Posted: 6th May 2020

roger0987 says: I will no longer take notice of people who carry hand sanitizer. Before lockdown it was an object to be queried, do they have OCD or are they just Germ phobes? Never again as I will be one of those people. I haven't decided if I will wear a mask yet, but have given up shaking hands, a habit of 60 years which was gone in a blink. I am also using my crockpot so I have fewer trips to the shops. I will miss my daily walk to the shops and haven't replaced that yet as we are still locked down, have to start soon or I won't fit out the door. Good luck to all and let's get out in the sun soon. Reply

Mammabear

Posted by: Mammabear
Posted: 6th May 2020

roger0987 says: I will no longer take notice of people who carry hand sanitizer. Before lockdown it was an object to be queried, do they have OCD or are they just Germ phobes? Never again as I will be one of those...

Mammabear says: I have always carried hand sanitizer as my daughter is a nurse and refuses to hold the rails of travelators. I am terrified of falling! However, now everyone is providing sanitizer, shops, centres etc so I don’t have to use mine! Reply

duchau

Posted by: duchau
Posted: 11th May 2020

roger0987 says: I will no longer take notice of people who carry hand sanitizer. Before lockdown it was an object to be queried, do they have OCD or are they just Germ phobes? Never again as I will be one of those...

duchau says: l no longer take notice of people carrying hand sanitisers. l don't carry one myself. l always use hand sanitiser whenever it is available. Reply

Koringanal

Posted by: Koringanal
Posted: 6th May 2020

Koringanal says: When this lockdown is over life shall return to normal for me. I shall be able to visit my grandchildren and they shall be able to visit me. I have brothers and sisters nieces and nephews have not seen since this covid-19 hassle started. Maybe I shall be able to go to places like Bunnings and get what I need to continue on as before. I shall be able to get the necessary bits and pieces to fix my car and so long as all states are clear I shall also be able to go and visit some very good friends that live in the north of the country. Other than that, all things shall return to normal, for me. Reply

Cafestudy Admin

Posted by: Cafestudy Admin
Posted: 8th May 2020

Koringanal says: When this lockdown is over life shall return to normal for me. I shall be able to visit my grandchildren and they shall be able to visit me. I have brothers and sisters nieces and nephews have not...

Cafestudy Admin says: Hi Koringanal, glad you will be able to visit your family and friends. Reply

Mammabear

Posted by: Mammabear
Posted: 6th May 2020

Mammabear says: I am still loving this iso stuff. It’s not too different from my pre pandemic life. My kids are adults and two are not at home. I have no grandkids to miss, I am in limbo land lol. I was not working and never really had to leave the house to be any where at a certain time except to meet friends, which I still do now, only online. When we do coffee catch ups I walk to shops, buy a take away and race home to my ipad! It’s all depends on your frame of mind. I am a positive person, however I do know we will all be impacted financially for many many years to come because of this but there is no escape. Reply

Ellie 30656027

Posted by: Ellie 30656027
Posted: 6th May 2020

Ellie 30656027 says: I’ll probably embrace technology more in the classroom since in a teacher. The pandemic has forced me to learn to use new programs. My mindset hasn’t really changed. Resolutions probably book another holiday in due time when everything is back to normal and safe. Reply

Cafestudy Admin

Posted by: Cafestudy Admin
Posted: 8th May 2020

Ellie 30656027 says: I’ll probably embrace technology more in the classroom since in a teacher. The pandemic has forced me to learn to use new programs. My mindset hasn’t really changed. Resolutions probably book...

Cafestudy Admin says: Hey Ellie 30656027, technology has been leaned upon a lot during this period - glad it has helped you in the classroom. Reply

mcq

Posted by: mcq
Posted: 6th May 2020

mcq says: I think I will carry a small bottle of hand sanitiser with me whether I go especially if I am going to shop. I must be cautious about public hygiene and prevent catching the virus from touching things. Stay away even further from others who I feel he/she may be sick. My "post-covid" resolution is simple and what I call, "Mission: Window shopping". Walk around in a shopping centre without buying a lot of things since I don't have a stable income, so I have to be mindful on what I have to buy. Reply

asined

Posted by: asined
Posted: 6th May 2020

asined says: I could not wait for the lockdown to end and be able to travel the world, my dream of my life. Now that I am a pensioner I will be free to go for long as I like. The hard work and sacrifices to save for travel are gone and now I just want to enjoy the fruits of my labour.
By the way the sanitizer was part of my bag even before the covid. Reply

Amensch

Posted by: Amensch
Posted: 6th May 2020

Amensch says: As I have been working from home for many years ,I will continue to " self isolate ". Presently I do go out a few times a day for a walk as well as any essential shopping. That will continue. Whether I wear a mask and or gloves - I have not decided yet. Do I hand shake or talk closely - probably not. Reply

Cafestudy Admin

Posted by: Cafestudy Admin
Posted: 8th May 2020

Amensch says: As I have been working from home for many years ,I will continue to " self isolate ". Presently I do go out a few times a day for a walk as well as any essential shopping. That will continue....

Cafestudy Admin says: Hey Amensch, that is a great point you raise - how long until handshakes are seen as acceptable again? Reply

Amensch

Posted by: Amensch
Posted: 8th May 2020

Cafestudy Admin says: Hey Amensch, that is a great point you raise - how long until handshakes are seen as acceptable again?

Amensch says: Once we are all back to "normal " whatever that becomes ,I think we will initially be a bit wary of the handshake but if presented with a handshake I think we will just go ahead like before. Reply

jennic

Posted by: jennic
Posted: 7th May 2020

jennic says: We went through the drought, fires and flooding rain. And now a pandemic (are you kidding me I though) how do you fight a silent invisible killer? I will no longer take social freedom or paid work for granted ever again. I’ll always keep extra supplies in my home I will always ensure my workplace has PPE I’ll probably social distance in for a long long time not because I’m afraid but because it’s become the norm. I’ll probably be suspicious of anyone with a cough for a while too but I hope to God life returns to normal whatever that is. We keep smiling because we’re Aussies and there will always be some lessons learned and bonds formed during hard times. There will be some nice memories made through all of this, the family sitting around the fire pit cooking sausages because we couldn’t go out, only light traffic getting to work instead of bumper to bumper peak hour laps, seeing families camping out at home on tv over Easter with kids planning how Easter bunny would find them. Singing karaoke with the kids to break the boredom, getting the gardening done and thinking about how lucky we are to be in Australia when seeing how some countries have been affected by covid19 on the news. But I can’t wait to hug my grandkids instead of text messages and FaceTime. I think I’ve always known what’s important to me - my family but now I know so is loo paper. Reply

BCafeS15

Posted by: BCafeS15
Posted: 7th May 2020

BCafeS15 says: I'll live life like there's no tomorrow. I think this has been a wake up call. There is always a silver lining. Reply

Oreo31660179

Posted by: Oreo31660179
Posted: 7th May 2020

Oreo31660179 says: I will no longer wear disposable gloves when going out and about. Hopefully that'll mean less rubbish that goes to landfill since the environment is so overloaded with plastic as it is anyway.

As to new things - I think I will definitely use remote meetings a lot more going forward. Less hassle to organise meeting rooms, making sure that everybody is at the office, etc. Zoom makes it easy to connect anywhere, everywhere and will also save on unnecessary business travel.

I appreciate the smaller things a lot more since being in lock down. Mindfulness and gratitude are things I have implemented into daily life and that really helps to reflect on what is actually important.

A post covid resolution for me is to not take things for granted anymore. It has shown how fragile life and society actually are so I will appreciate it a lot more consciously.
But on top of the list will be an outing to the cinema with the whole family - we feel we deserve a fun time together away from the house :) Reply

aleenac

Posted by: aleenac
Posted: 7th May 2020

aleenac says: I think post pandemic, subconsciously I will keep my social distancing from others and continue to carry hand sanitiser and wash my hands.
I hope going forward when businesses are open they will continue to carry out safety measures against the spread of COVID 19 by implementing stringent parameters for the public.
My whole mind set has changed now - we are all so susceptible to communicative contamination and hopefully others will continue to be cautious and keep the spread of COVID 19 to a minimum. Reply

wayward_angel

Posted by: wayward_angel
Posted: 7th May 2020

wayward_angel says: Yes have loved being in isolation. I only have one child at home who is 17 so it’s been pretty easy here. I have also been working but it slowed down a lot.
I have loved seing things slow down, people spending time with loved ones, quieter streets , people connecting more. I felt the world was getting way too busy and out of control so being in isolation was a great way to slow flown. It’s given me a chance to have me time, read a book , take pleasure in a cup of tea.
What I love most is seing how the earth has healed , no pollution, animals coming out in the open, less people about.
One thing I will take out of this is to learn to slow down more, don’t hurry through life and really enjoy the little things. Reply

Ruskie30748487

Posted by: Ruskie30748487
Posted: 7th May 2020

Ruskie30748487 says: Probably no shaking of hands and hugging people? But, not for family, I hope. Wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot more telehealth happening, people not having to go to see their Doctor, save petrol, time and money, traveling and waiting to see a health professional. I can also imagine a lot of people will work from home, where possible too. Reply

normarand

Posted by: normarand
Posted: 7th May 2020

normarand says: There are lots of things I plan to do once this crisis is over. I hope to travel; first to see friends interstate and then to visit my family in Sweden. One bonus from the lockdown has been lots of Skype calls to my daughter in Sweden, so I've been able to catch up with her and my little grand-daughter more often than usual, as they are at home too. The one thing I've really enjoyed throughout this lockdown has been listening to my CD collection. Usually, it sits gathering dust on the shelf because I am too busy meeting friends, shopping and going to the gym, but since lockdown, I have been taking time out to listen to most of my CDs and it has been a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. I hope to continue to do this once this crisis is over. I've also enjoyed reading some of the books I've picked up over the years and this is something else I hope to continue long after lockdown is lifted. It is lovely to be able to spend time doing things I really enjoy, but never get time for in my usual life. Reply

renee2786

Posted by: renee2786
Posted: 7th May 2020

renee2786 says: yes I definitely have thought quite a bit about what I will do differently and I will be more proactive and vigilant when it comes to hand hygiene such as carrying a convenient size hand sanitiser in my hand bag at all times and I will definitely be more grateful of my freedom and ability to leave the house and go places freely so I will have a better attitude and sense of appreciation post covid now I have lived and experienced the impacts and way of life the way we have as a result of corona virus I will certainly be stressing less and looking at all that is good in my life rather than something that may stress or upset me short term I will look past that and be thankful I am alive and healthy to experience the ups and downs that comes with day to day life as an adult and will never take for granted my freedom health and social life Reply

Brad

Posted by: Brad
Posted: 7th May 2020

Brad says: I'm an optimist... but I don't think there is a 'back-to-normal'... . If the virus is mutating (and therefore resistant to immunisation)... we will all have to be more careful about our health practices, for the rest of our lives. Personally, it may mean that our sons, who live in Montreal and Seattle, will be 'safer' visiting us than we will be, visiting them. My wife will most likely retire from teaching earlier than expected, as governments realise that the key to economic rebirth will be enabled after full childcare is 'back-to-normal'. Not bitter about any of this... history illustrates that no species is immune. Dairy cows in Italy completely disappeared due to malaria. Italian mozzarella is now produced by buffaloes. (True! Google it!) Dairy cows didn't wash their hooves... and they mooved too close to each other. (Horny beasts!~) Reply

justinsleary

Posted by: justinsleary
Posted: 8th May 2020

Brad says: I'm an optimist... but I don't think there is a 'back-to-normal'... . If the virus is mutating (and therefore resistant to immunisation)... we will all have to be more careful about our health...

justinsleary says: I agree Brad. There may be no "return to normal', as you say. But I am hopeful that some sort of effective vaccine will be developed. Or maybe not, but in which case, like with HIV, there will probably be some antivirals that will do a good job of preventing death from Covid-19. But I am a little surprised that we are already talking about "post-pandemic". My feeling is that this just makes us more anxious, and then if we try and put restrictions back on out of the need to save lives, people won't bother adhering to them. Reply

Brad

Posted by: Brad
Posted: 8th May 2020

justinsleary says: I agree Brad. There may be no "return to normal', as you say. But I am hopeful that some sort of effective vaccine will be developed. Or maybe not, but in which case, like with HIV, there will...

Brad says: Justin: "...this probably won't be until then end of 2021 or even 2022..."
Yes, I tend to agree. The Great Plague and the Spanish Flu both exceeded a year, so I figure that 2021 might be the earliest we _may_ breathe a sigh of relief.

Those US states rushing back to 'full service' to fuel/fool the economy, are in grave danger of utterly losing the plot. I completely agree that we need to very, very slowly edge back into 'normalcy'. We may never get there. We may have to live with this high-risk, likely-mutating virus... much as we do other persistent illnesses and viruses.

I do understand how frightening it must be for many of our fellow Aussies. As a self-funded retiree, I'm almost immune from financial pain, but I am aware that this crippling blow to families' lives, their freedoms, jobs, and unknown future(s) must, at times, drive the wish to simply resume 'where we left off'... as soon as possible.

Knowing our two sons are trapped in North American cities with extremely virulent high rates of infection, finds me awake at 4:00 am most mornings.
Neither can come home to their much safer birthplace. Nor can they venture out of their apartments. Food is delivered... and they 'quarantine it' for _days_ before opening packets or tins.

Australia has been lucky... so far. We need that good luck (and compliance to a few simple, essential rules) to continue. Let's not rush into a Second Wave... . Reply

justinsleary

Posted by: justinsleary
Posted: 8th May 2020

Brad says: Justin: "...this probably won't be until then end of 2021 or even 2022..."
Yes, I tend to agree. The Great Plague and the Spanish Flu both exceeded a year, so I figure that 2021 might be the...

justinsleary says: I totally agree with you, Brad. I have a lot of relatives in the USA (mostly cousins, Aunts and Uncles, as well as a half-brother and father), and I think they are at such high risk, and with the US trying to rush back to open things means I dread the possibility of the news that a family member has died.

We are lucky? or fortunate here in Australia not to have the situation run away from us like overseas, but it is only because of social distancing and the lockdown, which was implemented reasonably quickly. Hats off to all Australians, as our compliance has meant that we've escaped the worst so far. But I fear if we relax and try and return to normal, this invisible enemy might get the better of us. Yes, I know people are hurting from job losses and the economic downturn and the pain of the isolation, but it will only get worse than it is now if we rush back to "reopen" things too fast. I personally think that we should continue largely as we have been doing, as we are used to it now somewhat. Better stay with things in lockdown now then be forced back into a more severe lockdown later and with rampant community transmission. Reply

Brad

Posted by: Brad
Posted: 8th May 2020

justinsleary says: I totally agree with you, Brad. I have a lot of relatives in the USA (mostly cousins, Aunts and Uncles, as well as a half-brother and father), and I think they are at such high risk, and with the...

Brad says: Totally agree, Justin.

BTW, I was awed by your response to Ziah's post. I was speechless when I read her comments... and you responded so empathetically... that I truly wished I'd been able to respond at that level. You did so for _all_ of us who read Ziah's post and were not only nudged off-balance, but immensely grateful for our more fortunate situation.

Lucky or not? State and federal governments' (in that order) response has been timely and wise... but I can't help but credit our island isolation for much of our 'luck'. I live in a hole in the forest by the sea, in a community of 6,500 people, two of whom tested positive, were treated and are both now OK. Most Australians have won the Lotto of Life. Ziah's comments remind us that the distribution of that good fortune needs reassessing... . Reply

justinsleary

Posted by: justinsleary
Posted: 8th May 2020

Brad says: Totally agree, Justin.

BTW, I was awed by your response to Ziah's post. I was speechless when I read her comments... and you responded so empathetically... that I truly wished I'd been...

justinsleary says: Thank you Brad for your kind words!

I guess I just read Ziah's post and felt (perhaps without too much thinking?) to write what was on my heart and mind.

Yes, I wholeheartedly agree that we need to keep in mind or reassess the distribution of good fortune. Many if not most of us would probably survive the virus if we got sick, but there are some of us who won't be so lucky. What helps me stay at home is the thought that for me, by staying at home, I might just be saving someone's life. I try and imagine it is my mum, or a good friend.

Hopefully we can all remember that we should isolate, and by doing so, we are basically fighting for those in our society who need fighting for!

Thank you :-) Reply

mysteron347

Posted by: mysteron347
Posted: 7th May 2020

mysteron347 says: For me, personally, nothing much changes. There will be a few companies which will no longer exist. Probably people will continue to work from home as I have advocated for many years. As a (now-retired) systems analyst, I have found it was more efficient to work from home where I can control the environment (choice of music, temperature etc.) and when I go shopping or to the dentist or whatever, rather than have such things dictated by a boss who can't organise his day or measure output and needs me under his eagle-eye otherwise I'm not working. Reply

Ziah

Posted by: Ziah
Posted: 7th May 2020

Ziah says: Life will never go "back to normal" for me, or my mother-in-law. We are both permanently immunocompromised, and cannot leave our homes until and unless a safe and effective vaccine is freely available. If it doesn't happen, we will never be able to leave our homes again. Neither of us can risk getting C-19 - it will be a death sentence for her, and possibly a death sentence for me (yes, we are that at risk). Online shopping for groceries will be the new normal for both of us, telehealth will be standard, getting blood tests will be an issue we have yet to find a solution for, and long gone are my happy days spent browsing my local thrift stores looking for new-to-me items or items I can use in my upcycled creations. I will never again get to wander through a store to see the specials - I will have to rely on the stores to make sure they put ALL specials online (which many do not). Our overall cost of groceries has already gone up because I am unable to chase the specials every fortnight, and we are already having to cut things out to afford what we most desperately need. I am having difficulty getting supplements that keep me alive due to the manufacturer having health issues with its workforce (and there is no acceptable replacement). I won't ever be able to go to my niece or nephew's birthday parties ever again, or cuddle them, or hug my brothers or other family and friends. I won't be able to work outside the home ever again. Or go to the movies. Or travel interstate or overseas - or at all. But I will be alive and I won't get sick - however, is it too high a price to pay to stay away from this virus? Is it it really living or merely the absence of death?

I have kept supplies of sanitiser in my bag./car/home for decades - long before people thought it was "cool". And wet wipes. And sanitised the car regularly. And practiced "social distancing" before SD was even a thing. The joys of being immunocompromised.

As for "after covid"? There's no such thing for me. It will always be here now. Once the immediate pandemic is over, it will remain endemic in all societies, just waiting for the right moment to attack again. Just like the flu, but worse. But my one resolution is to stop feeling guilty about self care and taking care of my mental health (which is unbelievably precarious right now) and doing what I have to to get through this in one piece without having a total mental and emotional breakdown... I need to stop feeling guilty that my coping mechanism is to play video games or spend the day reading non-covid social media and avoid covid news as much as I physically can, or doing jigsaws, or pottering in my garden rather than doing zoom yoga or online workouts or zoom meetings with family/friends, or doing fancy photography projects, or learning a new skill, or doing online study, or looking for a job I'll never get or be able to leave the house to do, or plan a trip I'll never get to take or plan the renovation or new house we'll ever be able to afford. I need to resolve to be gentler on myself, and at least as forgiving of myself as I am with other people who I have frequently encouraged to engage in self -care and utilise their own coping mechanisms. I have refused to lay any guilt on anyone else for what they choose as their coping mechanisms, but I feel the disdain from those who are learning languages, instruments, skills, doing online degrees, writing books, learning new photography skills, doing online exercise, yoga, workouts etc when they respond to what I do to try and cope - and the guilt runs very, very deep in me. I am grieving a lot of loss due to this virus. People with healthy immune systems and without multiple chronic illnesses have no idea, and cannot imagine having to give up the outside world in order to survive. I heard someone say they'd rather die than stop going out. I for one can't imagine laying alone in a, ICU bed, dying of this disease, gasping for air because I went outside...I don't even want to think about the pain for the people left behind who couldn't be there to say goodbye and the gaping hole left in their lives because someone ignored the danger. I don't want to be that person.

So my home will now forever be my world and my safe place. Reply

justinsleary

Posted by: justinsleary
Posted: 8th May 2020

Ziah says: Life will never go "back to normal" for me, or my mother-in-law. We are both permanently immunocompromised, and cannot leave our homes until and unless a safe and effective vaccine is freely...

justinsleary says: Hi Ziah,
I'm sorry for your situation, and I empathize with you. I too have health issues that mean that if I get this virus, I am at high risk of dying. Maybe not as high a risk as you, but I know if I get sick I run a very high risk of dying from it. I stay at home all the time now, too, but for me, I still go out only once a week for half an hour to do grocery shopping. It is a small risk, but for me I prefer to do that than pay an extra $15 for deliveries.

Don't give up hope. We may find a vaccine, or it may be the case that antivirals are a good and effective treatment once someone gets sick. I am not dismissing or downplaying your concerns, they are legitimate and valid. I was angry yesterday when I went to do my weekly shop, that the local mall was teeming with people. Like they don't seem to care, or a case of "it won't affect me, so why worry?". I choose to be inside almost all the time not just for me but for other people whom I don't know, and I consider that me staying at home might just mean the difference between someone else living or someone else dying. Reply

Cafestudy Admin

Posted by: Cafestudy Admin
Posted: 11th May 2020

Ziah says: Life will never go "back to normal" for me, or my mother-in-law. We are both permanently immunocompromised, and cannot leave our homes until and unless a safe and effective vaccine is freely...

Cafestudy Admin says: Hi Ziah, thank you for sharing this! It is important for people to understand why we needed to implement physical distancing and isolation so early on to protect the immunocompromised.
Thinking of you and all the immunocompromised during this time. Reply

Cafestudy Admin

Posted by: Cafestudy Admin
Posted: 11th May 2020

justinsleary says: Hi Ziah,
I'm sorry for your situation, and I empathize with you. I too have health issues that mean that if I get this virus, I am at high risk of dying. Maybe not as high a risk as you, but I...

Cafestudy Admin says: Hi justinsleary, thank you for your positive message. Reply

Bella4927

Posted by: Bella4927
Posted: 7th May 2020

Bella4927 says: I will travel more in Australia.
I will look into starting up music again and taking time to draw.
I will stop buying so many things from china on ebay.
My resolution will be to lose weight.
Reply

Alsom

Posted by: Alsom
Posted: 7th May 2020

Alsom says: When this lockdown is over life shall return to normal for me. I shall be able to visit my grandchildren and they shall be able to visit me. I have brothers and sisters nieces and nephews have not seen since this covid-19 hassle started. As we have a close family and try to get together at least monthly Reply

Momma Bear

Posted by: Momma Bear
Posted: 7th May 2020

Momma Bear says: I have not thought about post-covid I am upset that I had to cancel my Italian holiday in a few weeks and too upset to think about life after covid. I am going to lose a lot of money as most of the hotels are refusing to give me a refund say that they can't see a reason why I can't still go on the 22nd, not sure what planet they live on!!! Reply

Gooner

Posted by: Gooner
Posted: 8th May 2020

Gooner says: I definitely need to go for a haircut and go out with my friends. Perhaps I still have a bit of reserve and continue to observe social distancing and try to avoid to go to a place where there will be a lot of people. I try to do things during off-peak, such as go out for lunch at a later or early time slot to avoid the crowd. My "post-covid" resolution is to travel to overseas. Haven't decided where to go yet, and still have to save up enough money and as well the country where I want to go is safe to visit too. Reply

shaper

Posted by: shaper
Posted: 8th May 2020

shaper says: As a pair of oldies my husband and I have been very restricted as to what we can do and what we cant.I am really looking forward to just going out for lunch or dinner and being able to see our grandson at long last. Its been a very long and restricted few weeks. It would also nice to go away on holiday,we had planned to go on a cruise just after Christmas lat year but my husband was sick and we were unable to go, which ended up lucky as we were booked on a cruise ,one that had the virus Really I am looking forward to things just getting back to normal.. Reply

Shane54

Posted by: Shane54
Posted: 8th May 2020

Shane54 says: I will be getting the flu shot early, so that way you can have it twice a year.And i think wearing a mask is yous less unless you have cov-19 or have a bad cough.People who wear a mask who are not used to it, seem to touch there face more,moving it and touching it. Reply

Lori53

Posted by: Lori53
Posted: 8th May 2020

Lori53 says: I will be singing Happy Birthday while washing hands for many months to come, I'm sure. Reply

gramonaghan

Posted by: gramonaghan
Posted: 8th May 2020

gramonaghan says: I am hopeful that we will get back to some normality very soon, and hope and pray not too many more people will suffer from Covid 19. Reply

AnneS

Posted by: AnneS
Posted: 8th May 2020

AnneS says: The thing I miss most while we have been in lock down is not being able to visit family or meet up with friends. Our eldest son had a birthday in April and we could not drive to his home to celebrate with him. We always get together with family over Easter and we were invited to have a meal with our youngest son and his family. Again we felt we would be breaking the rules if we went. I also feel it is a pity that Danial Andrews has announced plans to reduce some of the restrictions on Monday. Why couldn't he have planned to do it before Sunday so that perhaps we may be able to socialize with family on Mothers Day. Lastly I am looking forward to resuming my weekly walk on a Tuesday morning with a group of very close friends and finishing up at the local cafe for coffee and a chat. Reply

arokh72

Posted by: arokh72
Posted: 8th May 2020

arokh72 says: No changes. As someone who rarely went out anyway, and never visited people, plus living in rural location, the lockdown has changed nothing in my life, and thus I have no resoultions. Reply

justinsleary

Posted by: justinsleary
Posted: 8th May 2020

justinsleary says: Obviously I will have more freedom to catch up face-to-face with family and friends, and so this above all other things will be that which changes post-pandemic. But aren't we getting a bit ahead of ourselves here? This is what I don't understand. We have higher numbers of active cases, and higher daily new infections than we did when the virus first took hold. Don't forget that we started with only a few infections (4 if my data is correct), and around the time that all the major restrictions were put in place, daily new increases weren't hugely greater than we see today. So why do we think that the virus will somehow behave differently now? Do we think the virus will go "oh, those Australians. They have been in lockdown for many weeks now, so why don't we (the coronavirus) go easy on them and give them a break. They can ease restrictions now, we'll play nice and not spread like we did in February and March".

Sorry to go off on a tangent, but everyone is so quick to want things to be "post-pandemic", and to ease restrictions, we seem to have forgotten that this virus is no more or less respecting of things than it was a few months ago. Or maybe we should just let people have what they want, and for a large number of people, this will mean sickness and death.

So with that in mind, I don't intend to use the government's permission via easing of lockdown to suddenly move freely and without restriction. I intent to be circumspect until if/when a safe and effective vaccine is available, or at the very least, until good antiviral treatments are available. I won't handshake as per normal, and hugs will be limited to immediate family only.

As for when it is post-pandemic, you realise this probably won't be until then end of 2021 or even 2022? At that time, I think the one thing that I always wanted to do but have decided against doing now is go on a cruise. I always thought going on a cruise would be a great experience, but even if, via a vaccine or whatever, the risk of Covid-19 is virtually nil, I don't think I will be going on a cruise. The reason is that this pandemic has highlighted to me (at least) that cruise ships tend to be unhealthy at the best of times, floating "petrie dishes" which can spread disease quite easily. I also have reservations about the social aspects of cruises as well, I was aware of this before the pandemic, but this pandemic has really hit home to me that crusie ships aren't some grand and happy holiday that they appear to be. At least, that is the impression I get from the various news reports.

I'll just be happy when my weekly grocery shopping trip isn't a journey into fear, apprehension and disappointment. Be glad when, if I am running out of toilet paper, I don't need to worry that I may not be able to get any more for some time. I will also be glad for all the people who put themselves in harms way, for my and other's benefits: the health and emergency services workers. I also will be glad to just be able to catch up and play guitar with a friend and not be too concerned if he is coughing like crazy.

But for now, it is "isolation as per usual", despite the mad rush to force things back to "normal", because I hate to say it, but rushing to return to normal may be a mistake, as the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen has ideas that don't conform to our desires or our rules. Reply

sonet

Posted by: sonet
Posted: 8th May 2020

sonet says: I really don't know...but I think I will do the things I like sooner than later!!!! Reply

tjc

Posted by: tjc
Posted: 8th May 2020

tjc says: As gross as it sounds, I will definitely be washing my hands/sanitising them a lot more than I did prior to this happening. I think this whole thing has just made me a lot more aware of how much we use our hands in public, touching objects so many others have that are dirty, and then not removing that bacteria.
I think I will try to get out of the house more. I’m a homebody so this lifestyle is, sadly, not much different than what I’m used to but it’s truly made me miss things like travel, eating with friends, going out partying and enjoying my youth.
I would like to just enjoy being outside a lot more, enjoy spending time with friends a lot more. I used to say no to a lot of things due to laziness and often, mental health issues but I really want to try to tackle it because I feel like it makes me miss out on a lot of things.
I’ll definitely try to eat out a lot more, travel interstate to put money back into our economy rather than buying items from overseas or travelling internationally.
My mindset has just changed to appreciating freedom abit more. I’ve also become more keyed into job stability and ensuring the next job I get is one that would last through something like this.
As such, a “post-covid” resolution I have would be to stop saying no to catching up with friends and to just do it. Reply

Nikki67

Posted by: Nikki67
Posted: 8th May 2020

Nikki67 says: As life has changed over the last couple of months things have become increasingly hard for alot of people, I think visiting family would be the first thing I would like to do, I have missed my grandson immensely, although I will still follow social distancing rules where ever I go. It has made me realise that it is so easy to catch many things when out in the community and or visiting, frequent hand washing is just the norm now and will remain so. I will not be jumping out of my skin to go to the movies or places like that because I believe that Covid will remain around for a long time to come and looking after yourself in turn looks after your loved ones and the wider community. Reply

mare

Posted by: mare
Posted: 8th May 2020

mare says: Not really - I'll just be more aware of things... Reply

marcia1945

Posted by: marcia1945
Posted: 8th May 2020

marcia1945 says: I will be going back to my volunteer work at the opp shop as usual when we get the go ahead that it is open again but I think we may need to take some Glen 20 with us for a while. The other work I do is in a Nursing Home and I haven't been allowed to go there,I used to do their fingernails and I rang one of the ladies there and she said that everyone can't wait till I come back as their fingernail will be as long as their fingers soon if I don't hurry. Of cause she was joking but she said they are all so desperately lonely and are confined to their floor. I feel so bad for them and can't wait to go back. I just Pray that everyone will stay safe and pray this virus will finish so we can all get back to our life again. Reply

Raj

Posted by: Raj
Posted: 8th May 2020

Raj says: Covid-19 pandemic has thought of lessons and reminded everyone how things could change overnight. I will try to maintain social physical distancing and care for others. We are in a lucky country and the situation is not as bad as it is in other countries. It could be better. The countries had forgotten to work with each other. Covid-19 situation and spread could have been handled better by the source country. Lost trust in 'world leaders'. The pandemic had given more family time and hope to maintain that in future. Reply

Pennycake

Posted by: Pennycake
Posted: 8th May 2020

Pennycake says: I am fortunate to be enjoying lockdown life; most of my work is already from home, but doing the rest from home has cut down travel time and expenses, allowing family life to flourish. We plan to maintain our improved eating habits, cooking more instead of relying on take-out. We have also developed a love for building 3D cardboard models and jigsaw puzzles, and will continue this hobby for some time into the future! Reply

magdi

Posted by: magdi
Posted: 8th May 2020

magdi says: Hopefully, a cure to coronavirus will be found. But whatever happens,I should keep in mind that the threat of infectious disease is not going away. Frankly speaking, we are at a dramatic inflection point.Crises do not necessarily only bring the forces of regression and paranoia to the fore; they can also create greater solidarity. As we have seen many times over, when people unite, miracles can happen. All i want less death and safety for all. I am not really missing/care about anything apart of finding a cure/solution to the actual virus. Reply

David

Posted by: David
Posted: 8th May 2020

David says: Life is too short to waste in isolation. Post pandemic, less time will be wasted on work and more time devoted to creating some iconic motorcycle adventures with my riding mates. We'll hit the tarmac with a vengeance in search of those fabulous old country towns needing a glimpse of some rare Italian super bikes, whilst we restock their local economy via the town's pub, restaurant and servo. So if your town wants a share of our wallets, please ensure that your local constabulary are in the pub for lunch well before us, that way we'll know which establishment serves the best donuts! Reply

ab

Posted by: ab
Posted: 9th May 2020

ab says: My aim, post pandemic, will be to try to forget the thing ever happened and return my life to the it was.
I'm going to try to walk down the street and not feel like a criminal...OMG...go out and sit in a park or by the ocean enjoying a brunch from a café or grab a takeaway and throw a seagull a hot chip.
Try to forget the ugliness of humanity fighting over freakin' toilet paper and witnessing the speed with which people can go from being 'quite normal' to Lord of the flies!
I'm going to be grateful for the friends who kept me sane.
I'm going to abide by every condition that restaurants and cinemas and other public areas need to impose but with some contempt. I don't know how they are going to remain viable if their capacity is halved by distancing tables..
I'm going to go shopping and actually try clothes on simply because I don't know how people can do that online ie confidently buy shoes, clothes anything you have to wear without try it on.
I'm going to back to my gym as soon as it reopens.
As for travel, that's going to be limited to countries that didn't get their arse kicked by Covid-19.
The End.

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jamo

Posted by: jamo
Posted: 9th May 2020

jamo says: Once things are back to normal we visit our son in Townsville and daughter Brisbane we will welcome our children and grand children in Melbourne to our home for a get together. We will also baby sit as we did before. We will go to the shops more instead of fortnightly for supplies.We will watch less Tv especially the news and during in the daytime.Since the lockdown to keep fit have been walking 3klm twice a day hope to keep that up,but other family commitments and playing sport may not be able too. Reply

jocol

Posted by: jocol
Posted: 9th May 2020

jocol says: Not looking to things differently to pre-virus life Reply

funnysag

Posted by: funnysag
Posted: 9th May 2020

funnysag says: Post pandemic: so many things I miss doing but I will arrange to get a massage, go to the beauty therapist, get a pedicure for a start.
Then Id like to go with a friend to the movies and out dancing to a band or go to a live outdoor concert and dance the night away.
These are just a few of the thing I'd like to do. I want to give a large bag of goods to the charity shops when they open. Also when the time is right I wish to go on a relaxing beach holiday in the tropics. Reply

merlin2

Posted by: merlin2
Posted: 9th May 2020

merlin2 says: I think I will sit back and wait to see how things are going. I won't be in a hurry to join crowds anywhere and I will keep washing my hands whenever I go out and return. I think I will now be always mindful of what I touch when out and about. Reply

Phoenixflame

Posted by: Phoenixflame
Posted: 9th May 2020

Phoenixflame says: If I can keep working from home, that would be ideal!
Without the commute and the need to get ready and the like, I believe I am a lot more productive, or at least get all my work done quicker.
Everything else can stay the same. Reply

Lukey23

Posted by: Lukey23
Posted: 11th May 2020

Lukey23 says: When things get back to normal and when it is confirmed world wide it has settled im booking my holiday for overseas, i really need a break and badly away from home. Being stuck here really has made me go crazy but i am not like the crazies protesting about things out there but i feel that people should open their eyes and look at what has happened to both spain and Italy. They all say here that its a hoax but god the numbers dont lie at all....
I have been doing more 3D animation work at home and learning from Youtube examples, so far ive been making scenery and hoping to make a creature soon, i do not know what yet but i want to make something that is original and that i would be proud of having made.
My mindset has changed to being more healthier and ensuring that i get as much exercise as needed and also sleeping well too. Even though you are at home more you still have to do alot of work outs to cut out the lack of movement that you are missing when you do go out and such.
The post covid resolutions is to look for another job that actually treats their employers with respect, i feel that when your at home more and such the work doesnt really care about you, but little do they know that once i get the job i want and when this is all over im out of there so fast. Reply

Cafestudy Admin

Posted by: Cafestudy Admin
Posted: 11th May 2020

Lukey23 says: When things get back to normal and when it is confirmed world wide it has settled im booking my holiday for overseas, i really need a break and badly away from home. Being stuck here really has...

Cafestudy Admin says: Hi Lukey23, i'm sure many people (including the Cafetsudy Team) have looked to YouTube to practice or learn new skills during this period also! Reply

Robyn

Posted by: Robyn
Posted: 11th May 2020

Robyn says: I really don;t have any post-covid resolutions except to hug my friends more and let them know how grateful I am, that they are part of my life. I am rural, single and live alone and I thought my life was near perfect. I plan to do whatever is necessary to resume that objective.. Having lived and worked in many countries, good hygiene has always been a priority for me. Covid-19 has made good hygiene and sanitation a world issue. Let's hope this is never forgotten. Reply

cas

Posted by: cas
Posted: 11th May 2020

cas says: I will probably be a bit more cautious and make sure I wash my hands more thoroughly .I will certainly appreciate my friends and family more and look forward to catching up with them. I will probably try to be a little more careful with my spending I am not sure I will do much hugging or shaking hands. Reply

Gibson31977166

Posted by: Gibson31977166
Posted: 11th May 2020

Gibson31977166 says: I was at a shopping centre in Booragoon the other day looking for a portable heater. My initial reaction is of contempt because people apparently are easy to forget! Not only was there no social distancing observed but the nonchalant way of “carrying on with life” is abhorrent. I felt my past 30++ days of isolating were pointless. My public practice has been largely and i think irrevocably changed by the covid19 pandemic. It felt weird to have many people in one place at the same time. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the community virus free and should continue hygeinic practices when out in public. Reply

Ali21

Posted by: Ali21
Posted: 11th May 2020

Ali21 says: I have never used Sanitiser except once on Cruise didn't realised the importance till now when the virus attack, I will be using it on daily basis every now and then to protect myself. Reply

KHEE KHEE31980187

Posted by: KHEE KHEE31980187
Posted: 11th May 2020

KHEE KHEE31980187 says: What is the real meaning of life? Like most of the world residents, I don't really drench in bothering this kinda so called "silly questions". Until lately, the outbreak of unprecedented pandemic has become a driving force in me to reflectively think about my life, the path I had undergone, also how am I able to contribute my little endeavour in aiding those who need. I am not a first aid professional yet a medical front-liners, what should I do then? I was trying to figure an answer for myself during the lockdown, ultimately I come to "The Golden Mean". People always shout out loudly work-life-balance & live in current, however, I wonder what is the proportion of people who really comprehend well about those slogans. The recent crisis has a a true reflection of people's greediness, selfishness alongside with self-centric. I get myself adapt with living in the mean and will consistently uphold and promote this to my peer(s), family member(s), community(s) as my post pandemic mission! Sharing is Caring... Reply

Glenn60

Posted by: Glenn60
Posted: 11th May 2020

Glenn60 says: I have been saving so much that I am looking forward to my first big night out! Party time!
And re begin planning for my is holiday that I put on hold. Hawaii anyone? Reply

dave7072

Posted by: dave7072
Posted: 11th May 2020

dave7072 says: No post covid resolutions. I don't go out much nowadays anymore anyway. I'm retired now & I work from home for free using my computer(s) and a high speed internet connection. Many people it seems were very quick to buy into many absolutely wacky theories regarding things like 5G cell tower signals cause the Corona virus and similar. At the start I spent time debunkin such but there were so many and I was just one voice among so many, I just gave up. I'm happier now I can again order what I want delivered now the hording of things has stopped. Reply

Bindii

Posted by: Bindii
Posted: 11th May 2020

Bindii says: Through necessity, we’ve discovered a lot of great small, local businesses so we’ll continue to do that. We’ve also realised how much food we normally waste but only being able to shop once a week and not having everything available has meant we’ve had to be creative and we’ve done so successfully. Reply

Moongold

Posted by: Moongold
Posted: 11th May 2020

Moongold says: Can't wait for it all to pass. Hated everything about it - couldn't even eat at a restaurant and almost ended up neurotic over whether I was keeping a safe distance from other human beings. Most of all hated the way some people avoided me for wearing a mask. It is plain commonsense (no matter what this one or that one says otherwise) to protect the mouth and nose from infection from cough or sneeze-transmitted respiratory disease, (especially under threat of DEATH!); however, most people listened to the stupid remarks of even the PM and took it that I 'must be 'infected'! Any mask I choose for future like problems I will print on it "No, I don't have it, I'm just hoping YOU don't!". However, the 'plus' of wearing them was that they served as a reminder to others: you could see people in supermarkets suddenly move away to safe-distance from others as I appeared with a mask! It seems many simply 'forgot' about this disease as the weeks went by, and carried on shopping and talking at close range, as before. Reply

1234

Posted by: 1234
Posted: 11th May 2020

1234 says: Sadly I don't think things will ever go back to the way things were. I think a lot of the social distancing and separations will continue I think I will be somewhat more wary of people I don't know although I will try not to be.Overall I will be much more aware of what I touch when out and about I am a commercial cleaner and have always worn gloves and hand sanitizer multiple times when working but never outside of work.I will probably continue with the sanitiser day to day One good thing to arise out of this is that I think it has made many of us appreciate the simple things in life I don't think I will take them for granted again Reply

1234

Posted by: 1234
Posted: 11th May 2020

1234 says: Sadly I don't think things will ever go back to the way things were. I think a lot of the social distancing and separations will continue I think I will be somewhat more wary of people I don't know although I will try not to be.Overall I will be much more aware of what I touch when out and about I am a commercial cleaner and have always worn gloves and hand sanitizer multiple times when working but never outside of work.I will probably continue with the sanitiser day to day One good thing to arise out of this is that I think it has made many of us appreciate the simple things in life I don't think I will take them for granted again Reply

tinapay

Posted by: tinapay
Posted: 11th May 2020

tinapay says: Bringing and frequently using a hand sanitiser would be a “new normal” for me post pandemic. And when necessary, still avoid overcrowded places and be conscious of distancing. I might as well revert to online shopping for as long as there is no vaccine produced yet. We don’t know whose got it or not so I will stick to the current practice. Reply

trishf

Posted by: trishf
Posted: 11th May 2020

trishf says: Firstly I will look for a new job, hopefully one that you could do from home of this sort of thing ever happens again.
I will also ensure I have a least a one months supply of all your basic necessities so there's no stress if people go crazy and panic buy.
I think I was very naive as were a lot of people in thinking that something like this could not happen in this day & age, we were all caught off guard.
One thing I will make sure I do is spend more time visiting my parents, as they live in a different zone than us we have been unable to visit them since this all started. Reply

pebbles

Posted by: pebbles
Posted: 11th May 2020

pebbles says: I livecin a stat that has regional borders. So I have not seen some of my family. For a few months. But I understand the need for it I have been fortunate. To be able to face time my. Family. I have said to my family that when we can. Have. A weekend. That is safe we will have a gathering. Bbq. Or picnic. Something that will keep the kids. Entertained we have had to be extra careful. As there are 3 members of the family that are Immune compromised my son has sanitizer in his car uses it every day. Even in IT industry he uses it. Now it has. Been a contributor to his eczma that and gloves. Im sure he will be glad when it's all over. Such a stressful time for him. My mind set has not changed. Im. A pretty easy going person. And cautious. That's the way I have always been Reply

pebbles

Posted by: pebbles
Posted: 11th May 2020

pebbles says: I livecin a stat that has regional borders. So I have not seen some of my family. For a few months. But I understand the need for it I have been fortunate. To be able to face time my. Family. I have said to my family that when we can. Have. A weekend. That is safe we will have a gathering. Bbq. Or picnic. Something that will keep the kids. Entertained we have had to be extra careful. As there are 3 members of the family that are Immune compromised my son has sanitizer in his car uses it every day. Even in IT industry he uses it. Now it has. Been a contributor to his eczma that and gloves. Im sure he will be glad when it's all over. Such a stressful time for him. My mind set has not changed. Im. A pretty easy going person. And cautious. That's the way I have always been Reply

bluey42

Posted by: bluey42
Posted: 11th May 2020

bluey42 says: Will visit my mum more often Reply

dee

Posted by: dee
Posted: 11th May 2020

dee says: First thing i will be doing is going to a premium restaurant, trying not to have any more sleepless nights , my husband and i also cancelled a trip to the eastern states which involved a cruise ship and then start looking for other options for a holiday. I will always carry hand santizer with me, that will not stop .
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Bernard

Posted by: Bernard
Posted: 11th May 2020

Bernard says: No I dont have post-covid resolutions. Whilst we were all home, it was both happy and stressful. It was perfect when the kids were on holiday so I was able to go for walks, bite-rides etc but with the change it the wweather we started staying home more and the kids sat more on their devices, and I sat by myself watching TV. Because they are now home-learning, means they sleep later as they dont need to get up later and thats not good. So I think going back to normal is good and I think the only think Id want to do differently is to spend more times with the kids when I'm able to worko from home. I would also stop nagging as much as I do and try and enjoy them rather than being the "angry grumbling dad I am. its made me realise that time goes by and whilst different families have different problems, I think most parents love their chidren like noone else in the world, and it is so important to have that connection to them. My 5 yr old will climb on top of me the moment I lie down next to me and just use e as a mattress... and he;s happy and content doing that and enjoing that physical contact. For theolder, its chats when we are together. Reply

clem_lun

Posted by: clem_lun
Posted: 11th May 2020

clem_lun says: I will do less than what I was doing pre-Covid19. It has been a good breather and I want to keep giving the extra time back to myself.
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Zelda

Posted by: Zelda
Posted: 11th May 2020

Zelda says: Once things are back to normal, I'll resume the few social activities that I usually do. Such as going for a haircut or pedicure, sitting down for a coffee and a bite to eat in a cafe or restaurant, taking part in the social groups that are organized by my local community centre. I think I will still be practising good hygeine when going anywhere. This includes when I do my laundry in the shared laundry that is downstairs from the building that I live in, and the building next to me. The laundry is often filthy, so I wear gloves and always wash the machine I use with diluted domestos.
I can't think of any new things I might be doing. I will probably have to stop social distancing, especially on public transport, because, with everyone going back to work, there will probably be less space on the trams, trains and buses.
My mindset has changed in that I am even more grateful for police, health care workers, emergency services, supermarket employees, food services workers.
I don't really have any post covid resolutions. Just to keep going the way I have been, be kind, and be positive. Reply

chocogirl

Posted by: chocogirl
Posted: 11th May 2020

chocogirl says: Things haven't been too different for me. I don't mind the isolation because I have my family with me and love being with them. My elder girl has continued working through this time and this will continue, I will miss having my younger girl once uni classes resume. I have always carried sanitiser with me and this is here to stay. Will be good when we can hug friends and go to the shops whenever we want to. Reply

Goulah

Posted by: Goulah
Posted: 12th May 2020

Goulah says: For a long time I have been very “hermity” and preferred my own company to being with other people. For this reason the two months of social isolation have not been as hard on me as for most people. Others chat on social media or zoom or similar but I cannot use them. I phone my sister (who lives intrastate) every couple of days but besides that and medical appointments once a month I don’t have contact with anyone.

This has meant that I watch more newscasts than usual and see how others are interacting and think that perhaps I may need to try and socialise in the months ahead. I am not depressed nor of a mindset that I don’t like people but being aloof has become a habit.

Being in my mid sixties and being realistic, I don’t have as many years left in me as many people so I will say “blow the consequences” and get out there. The warmth of the Gold Coast is looking very attractive and may be my first port of call. Reply

Angieg

Posted by: Angieg
Posted: 12th May 2020

Angieg says: Not sure if everything can just go back to normal, unless a vaccine is found. Constant hand washing and using hand sanitiser is here to stay my way, as is avoiding shaking hands and hugging. Yes, my mindset has changed regarding just enjoying the simple things and being grateful. I want to be more vigilant about buying Australian Made products and supporting local businesses. I haven't made any "post-covid" resolutions but will be visiting family/extended family more often as they've been sorely missed. Am looking forward to op shopping/browsing, going to the cinema and library. A few people I've spoken to have mentioned that they cannot wait to travel overseas again - but to be honest, that's the last thing I desire. Just the thought of being in a crowd, whether it be at a large sports event, concert or festival, etc. makes me uneasy and I'll probably steer clear of any gatherings even if the restrictions are lifted. Reply

musicmum

Posted by: musicmum
Posted: 12th May 2020

musicmum says: Yes I will enjoy peace and quiet more when the kids go back to school next door, it has been hard to study when you have screaming kids next door. I was studying at home before the restrictions because I am doing a self paced course and it was easier to sit on my computer at home than in the computer room at the course provider education centre, but I have not touched base with the teacher for awhile so planning on doing that when restrictions are lifted because it is easier to do it in person.
Because I don't eat out, go to pubs or socialize much there has not been anything much I have been missing. I actually found myself having to go physically shopping at the supermarket more because they closed the online shopping for awhile and then there was still a lot of products missing, so having to go out every week was taking up my study time. So am glad to be able to shop online again. I also sell a few things on ebay to help make ends meet and was surprised to sell a lot of books in the last month or so, I am thinking because people had more time to read, kids being homeschooled and libraries being closed. I am looking forward to the library being open again because I use it a lot. Only thing I can think that I might do differently is save up my covid supplement that I will be getting on top of my Austudy towards some travel within my state and maybe to see my sister interstate eventually, I am wanting to take my mum as she is getting older and I worry she might not be able to if I wait too long, so I guess that is my resolution. Reply

Jezemeg8

Posted by: Jezemeg8
Posted: 12th May 2020

Jezemeg8 says: I'll continue as I did before and during the pandemic, i.e. helping those in need as best I can even if it's only sitting and listening to them as they speak with me. I've rarely touched another person anyway, I suffer 24/7 pain so severe that often wearing clothes is all I can tolerate, and most of the people I meet don't want to be touched anyway. Reply

boppa99

Posted by: boppa99
Posted: 12th May 2020

boppa99 says: I will be glad when cafes re open for sit down
Stage theatre starts again
Cinemas open again
Overseas & domestic Travel starts going to normal again but there will be a longer wait for International travel
Also lam with a film tv agency and lam hoping extra work will start rolling again as most agencies are at a halt because of this pandemic
Otherwise my health and fitness stay the same which includes hobbies like bush walking
Trying to eat healthy Reply

Motherparrot

Posted by: Motherparrot
Posted: 12th May 2020

Motherparrot says: My husband retired on January 31st this year, we had planned to go on a cruise sometime this year, also to visit my sisters and brother who are in regional areas of NSW. Of course all that was stopped due to Covid 19. We miss seeing family and friends but haven't been too affected by it. We are downsizing this year as well so have been doing a lot of packing and decluttering. Have spoken to our adult children, luckily they still have been working, one from home which he quite likes. I hope it gives some people the idea that it is OK to stop, that not every moment of their lives (and their children) have to be filled with activties and have learnt to enjoy each other's company and simple things. Reply

Ben31639802

Posted by: Ben31639802
Posted: 12th May 2020

Ben31639802 says: Our "new-normal" will be interesting to see from a transport perspective. I was previously cycling in two-three days a week, but may do this every day as public transport is going to be less ideal with concerns of overcrowding.

New things will probably include continuing our evening walks instead of staying inside as it's been a great way to disconnect from work and tech and connect with one another as we talk.

I certainly have been trying to keep a level expectation on my personal and work outputs, so considering that for the future to ensure I can maintain positivity at home post work will be a mindset to maintain moving forward.

I am hopeful for our rebalancing of the transport network though. Once public transport is considered safer, then we will hopefully have a supportive network of paths for walking and cycling with less emphasis on cars. Reply

flo

Posted by: flo
Posted: 12th May 2020

flo says: I have always carried hand sanitiser in my car but rarely used it, now I use it every time I get back into my car and probably will continue in the future Reply

Jen88

Posted by: Jen88
Posted: 12th May 2020

Jen88 says: I am going to put hand sanitizer in my car, after doing the the grocery shop I can use that straight after. Also, if i have a cold i will work from home, rather than turning up in the office sick to show i am reliable or dedicated to my job. Health is more important! Reply

brett31581535

Posted by: brett31581535
Posted: 12th May 2020

brett31581535 says: i don't expect "normal" to ever return so i'm preparing for the perpetual lie. I would calm my excitement for technology and increase my resistance to 5G and help raise awareness of it's enslavement enabling nature. I no longer sit on the fence with the world being controlled and deliberately destroying our way of life, it is time to take action. Say NO to 5G Say NO to vaccines and research beyond the TV news. Reply

Emma_louise

Posted by: Emma_louise
Posted: 12th May 2020

Emma_louise says: Honestly... I will make sure to never take anything for granted again, this shows us life can be short.
During isolation it has definitely bought my family closer, even with the family I haven’t seen for months. I know for a fact once isolation is over something that will continue is the board gameA and movie nights us as a family have been doing, it’s the little things that mean the most yet a lot of us generally tend to forget about, especially when going out sometimes seems more “fun”
I have somewhat loved being on restrictions to catch up on myself and have some me time.
But I also need a good pub feed
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Michael31984373

Posted by: Michael31984373
Posted: 15th May 2020

Michael31984373 says: I'm doing more online grocery shopping rather than instore. Saves time and avoids the craziness out there. Reply

Kay Dee

Posted by: Kay Dee
Posted: 18th May 2020

Kay Dee says: These recent events have made me re-think hygiene, such as washing hands, using sanitiser, be wary of and practice social distancing. I've been unable to see my elderly parents each week to take shopping and this was limited to phone calls to check on them, so I appreciate the time I can spend with them, I know it is limited. I've saved money by limiting shopping visits (less temptation for ad-hoc purchases) so I'll continue to shop smarter. I've learnt new communications methods (Zoom, WhatsApp) for meetings, conferencing and messages so will continue with these. The biggest bonus is how working from home is possible to achieve the same results without a 2 hour commute each day, and moving forward I now have this flexibility of working between an office and home office. Reply

gergelbeed

Posted by: gergelbeed
Posted: 19th May 2020

gergelbeed says: My life sadly is the same now as it was before the plandemic.....the only difference is I bought a crossfit trainer so I can exercise after tea.I still go for a 6km walk every day,for my mental health.
My mindset has changed to not trusting the WHO,China our government.....who am I kidding,I didn't trust them before this.So
I will ignore "social distancing" bloody hand sanitizer is annoying.....the only good thing about this madness is people at least learned how to wash their hands,who knew......our economy has gone down the gurgler because of this rubbish,plus the dictator premiers who are punch drunk on their "new"power.....you know "we" decide who can do what and where you can go........etc
We are Australia not China......or any other dictatorship.........the mocking bird media has done it's job of trying to keep us scared and afraid of going outside,along with our so called "health specialists advisers"
No more,our "new normal"......there is nothing wrong with our old normal......we will go back to that,or we are nothing but sheep. Reply

Rosiebones

Posted by: Rosiebones
Posted: 21st May 2020

Rosiebones says: Last night I heard my daughter laughing and joking with her classmates as they watched an after school movie together via Zoom and I cried.

I cried because my Autistic teenager has never had a sleepover, she has never been invited to a birthday party and she has certainly never been asked to join her classmates at the town cinema.

I cried because next Monday my gorgeous girl has to go back to her bricks and mortar school after spending five weeks in a virtual classroom. I cried because at 'real' school she spends her recess and lunch breaks alone in the school library.

I cried because I have never seen her so engaged and immersed in her lessons as I watched her excitedly log on to her virtual home room roll call each day.

Going back to 'normal' school means crippling anxiety, loneliness, sick days and tears - lots and lots of tears. Real school means depression, vomiting and, at its worst, cutting and emergency trips to the hospital to get her stomach pumped. Back to real school means being invisible or, even worse, it means standing out.

My daughter's computer is her best friend - her only friend really. It is her portal to the perfect world she fantasises about living in. Role playing games mean hiding behind her avatar and becoming the brave and empowered woman she so desperately wants to be. School had become part of her virtual world with her avatar leading the latest mission with her ragabond team of classmates in tow. School is so easy when she is logged on. As she told me, real school is so easy to log out of.

Back to 'normal' means physical distancing is over. The 1.5 metres gap, whilst a good start, was not nearly far enough in my daughter's opinion. She talks excitedly about a world in which we get to keep this rule. A world without people constantly invading her personal space. A world without people constantly touching her. A slight shoulder tap here, a brief jostle going through a gate - it all adds up to chaos in her mind. It strains her nerves and leaves her frazzled and exhausted.

Back to 'normal' will mean the end of quick, no waiting list health care for both of us. Get a renewal script over the telephone without driving an hour to see our GP - no problem. Check in with one of my specialists in Brisbane via Skype - no problem.

Our doctors are all so eager to see us in person after lock down ends. To us that means back to five hour drives to city appointments, tedious waits in stuffy reception areas, overnight stays and take away meals we can't afford. As I am physically disabled and either use a walker on a good day or a wheelchair on a bad one, it also means a whole lot of logistical manoeuvring that leaves me frustrated and so very tired.

As my physical ability deteriorates as my immune disorders worsen I imagine a perfect online health system. One where I can wait at home with a cuppa in hand for my specialists to be ready to see me. One where I don't have to stress about coming in contact with a virus that could ravage my immune suppressed body.

So, going 'back to normal' doesn't mean the same to you as to us. Only 'normal' people can go back to 'normal'. Going back to 'normal' means that we will lose everything we have gained over the past months. Our safe, quiet little bubble out in the bush will be burst and only we will truly understand what we have lost just because the rest of the world is so eager to get back to normal. Reply

Debbie

Posted by: Debbie
Posted: 21st May 2020

Debbie says: The only thing that will change are my shopping habits. Before Covid I did my grocery shopping weekly, but since Covid I shop fortnightly so I am not exposed as often out and about. I find even though it is a bigger shop,It still takes me the same amount of time to do the bigger shop but frees me up the following week. I only need to go out in between for essentials like milk and bread. It will be nice to be able to just go out and meet up with family and friends without worrying about the virus, hopefully sooner than later. Reply

Debbie

Posted by: Debbie
Posted: 21st May 2020

Debbie says: The only thing that will change are my shopping habits. Before Covid I did my grocery shopping weekly, but since Covid I shop fortnightly so I am not exposed as often out and about. I find even though it is a bigger shop,It still takes me the same amount of time to do the bigger shop but frees me up the following week. I only need to go out in between for essentials like milk and bread. It will be nice to be able to just go out and meet up with family and friends without worrying about the virus, hopefully sooner than later. Reply

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