We’ve had to change a lot about our behaviors and routines during the pandemic. Huggers can no longer give hugs, hand sanitizer is now just as necessary as your house keys if leaving home. We tiptoe around people at the grocery store when we finally head out for the necessities. COVID-19 has scarred a lot of us and chances are, many will change their ways once this is over. So, what kind of person will you be after the pandemic?

Will you maintain the safety precautions you’ve been following for months, or will you toss them to the wind and resume giving free hugs? Is hand-shaking going to return to the business world, or will you bow instead? Take the quiz to find out who you’ll be after the pandemic.

  1. 1 When you first heard about the call to self-isolate what was the first thing you grabbed at the store?

    1. Lysol wipes, bottled water, healthy snacks, or pet food
    2. Snacks, any kind of hand sanitizer you could find, and hand soap
    3. The usual - whatever was on the list and some baking ingredients to make some homemade goodies
    4. Coffee, tea, some essentials, frozen meals/food, and your favorite snack
    5. The essentials - whatever was on your grocery list and enough to get you through each week
    6. Toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and canned goods
  2. 2 The first few days of isolation were...

    1. A little difficult, but you were able to make it through day by day, sticking to your work load and talking to friends/family
    2. You were happy to be able to stay home - the thought of having to be out and possibly getting sick concerned you. However, the first few days were a little rocky
    3. You made the best of it by making some comfort food You didn't really isolate - nothing much has really changed
    4. You were a little anxious about having to stay in/changing up your routine, but you were ready to dive into your favorite streaming service
    5. You had to adjust a little to working from home and making the best of the new routines. But you wrote out a schedule and began following it closely
    6. You were pretty anxious at first and not too thrilled with this situation, but you're prepared and trying to make the best of things
  3. 3 You have been caring for yourself and others by

    1. Think of games to share with people through chats and calls to keep everyone's mind working and busy. It's important to keep the mind stimulated and occupied
    2. Staying put, but still checking in on your loved ones and calling to discuss new books/shows you've discovered
    3. Baking yourself/your family some fresh treats OR getting the household involved in a cooking activity to bond and embrace more interaction
    4. Having multiple calls with friends and family - group chats help get you through and almost make you feel normal. Checking-in on everyone has kept your emotional health well
    5. Staying connected to your friends, family, and coworkers through calls. You've been staying put, but also making sure you're able to keep active
    6. Making sure you and your family are well-prepared and stocked up to avoid having to leave the house
  4. 4 The first thing you'll do once the pandemic has ended is

    1. Engage with others at a park or an outdoor activity to have some social interaction and maintain a good distance for a while
    2. Take the time to clear your head. You may head to the beach, parks, hiking trails - while you were able to go out, you didn't really out of concern
    3. Get together with a small group of friends/family and share the cookies/muffins you'd just baked - you can't wait to give everyone a hug again
    4. Maybe meet up with a couple of people outside or at a cafe. You prefer to have picnics with smaller groups now
    5. Get back on your routine! You can't wait to get back to normal and make regular trips to stores and meetings
    6. Maybe stay in a little longer - you don't want to jump right into the norma again. It'll take a while to feel comfortable with being out with people again
  5. 5 Before the pandemic you

    1. Often gave friends or relatives high-fives or handshakes when greeting them. You weren't too bothered by germs and rarely thought about getting sick
    2. Carried around hand sanitizer, but it was more just for comfort. You didn't always use it, but it was nice to have around just in case
    3. Liked to stand close to others - sometimes people would complain about the lack of personal space
    4. Hosted dinner parties, get-togethers with family and friends, often met up with loved ones
    5. Stuck to routines and lived by a schedule. It's just how you were able to manage all you do
    6. Spent time on your own, but also were cautious with all that you did. You liked to be prepared for anything and read often
  6. 6 Your go-to activity prior to isolation was

    1. Playing team games or sight-seeing
    2. Listening to/playing music or reading
    3. Hanging out with a large group of friends and family - maybe even baking for them
    4. Gathering groups in your home for themed parties or attending get-togethers at a friend's home
    5. Getting work done around the house and going to meetings or getting a good exercise in
    6. Doing activities by yourself or binge watching your favorite show
  7. 7 Your favorite activities to do during isolation include

    1. Catching up with family on the phone and teaching them new games
    2. Tidying up around the house - who knew that cleaning up could be so soothing?
    3. Baking and cooking
    4. Holding group chats to talk about the newest show obsession
    5. Keeping active - you knew there would be plenty do to once you figured out how your new routine
    6. Hanging out either on the porch or near a window - you don't feel comfortable with actually going out, but you love staring outside

What Kind Of Person Will You Be After The Pandemic?

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    The Bower

    You're taking the warnings to isolate seriously - awesome! You may have been a little late to social distancing for your own reasons. But now, you're ready to hunker down and keep your distance. Even once the pandemic is over, you're probably going to be a little more cautious when greeting others. Whether you were a hugger or big on handshakes, you're highly considering following the lead in Japan and bow when you meet with others. It's safer and respectful - and you can continue to keep your distance. 

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    The Sanitizer

    Whether hand sanitizer has been an essential prior to the pandemic or you've turned into a heavy hand sanitizer user during your time social distancing, you're probably going to maintain that habit of keeping it with you. You may have a huge collection anyway or various scents and colors to go with your mood or the season. Why not keep using them? Perhaps those travel sanitizers will continue to be just as important as your phone or house keys when leaving the house. You can never be too safe, right?

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    The Hugger

    You've always been a hugger and it's been almost torture not being able to give hugs to your friends and family. But you understand and fully respect the 6-feet rule. It's all about safety. However, once the pandemic ends, you'll probably pick up right where you left off and give all who welcome hugs a great embrace. 

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    The Cautious Host

    You used to throw fun get-togethers at home or meet up with a group of friends often. But once the pandemic ends, you may be a little wary about inviting large groups to get together at once. You'll miss those days of having the whole gang together, but you know you'll never be comfortable amung bigger groups again. At least - not for a long time. And that's okay. Better to be safe than sorry.

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    The "Business-as-usual" Attitude

    You're excited for things to return to normal. You live by routines and while social distancing hasn't really changed too much of your routine, the call for isolation has. You're ready to get back into the swing of things and will most-likely fully embrace the "norm" as soon as possible. Not much about your behavior will change during the pandemic. And although you're adhering to all of the rules and warnings, you're not too fearful of what the future may bring.

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    The Social Distancer

    When the pandemic ends, you'll continue to be careful. COVID-19 will still be around - of course, there will hopefully be either a vaccine, cure, or medication to ease the symptoms. But you're not taking any chances so early. You'll continue to practice social distancing for a long time and try not to go out as much as you had before. Grocery trips and visits to stores will be few and far between. You believe it's better to be safe than sorry - which is great!

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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