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Will These Things Come Back in a Post-COVID-19 World?


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August 30, 2020

Will These Things Come Back in a Post-COVID-19 World?

While we continue living in the middle of a pandemic, we have had to make so many changes to how we operate day to day. How quickly life has changed with everyday actions, like no longer shaking hands and having to mindfully distance ourselves from each other. I have faith that there will be a prosperous post-Covid-19 world, but it has me thinking about what the world will look like after we get through this. Will there be a new normal? Or will we go back to all our old ways?

Here are a few things that I question if they will ever return:

The Buffet

Even if there is no virus anymore, this pandemic has most of us thinking about what we touch and how many other people have touched that same thing. The buffet is one of those experiences that I do not foresee coming back. Yes, we love the Vegas all you can eat buffet. But I see the casinos pivoting to the server style service. Sorry, Golden Coral. You are going to have to make some changes if you are going to survive.

Costco Free Samples

This one bums me out. Nothing better than a slow shopping hour on Saturday. You can make a whole lunch out of just walking the aisle trying free food. Unfortunately, I do not see this coming back.

Public Touchscreens

I love technology and a touch screen makes performing actions like checking out at the grocery store so efficient. But whether it's a drink vending machine, or a location kiosk at the mall, touchscreen will see a slow death. Technology will move towards Near Field Communications to replace the touchscreens. Let's just hope we don't find ourselves in a Minority Report 'eye-scan' world.

Business Wear

My wife thinks I'm crazy with this one. More and more companies (like Twitter) have announced that employees can work from home, even after we get the all clear. Working from home or via Zoom, it is just too easy to remain casual. This means business wear might not be as important. So, the need for buying business clothing will go down.

High-Fives, Chest Bumps, and Dog Piles

Basically, all the sports celebrating will end up changing. Maybe the athlete line dance will become the new norm.


The tapping of drink glasses in celebration is done. The slow half arm raise and the nodding of the head will take over at the top of the common cheers actions. Although, do not discount the tapping of your ring on the glass, as a close number two.


Let's be honest, haven't we slowly been getting rid of this anyway? Covid-19 could finally force us into a cashless society. Of course, this would also mean the end of the kid's piggy bank.

Open Floor Plan Offices

Not all companies will tell their employees to work from home, but those that do bring them back to an office, will change. Employees will come back to work and find that the open environment of sitting right next to their co-workers is gone. But they can say they have a private office, even if it is only 5 by 5 in size.

The Water Fountain

Is there anyone that does not think this will go the way of the public pay phone?

TSA Security Check-Ins

Since 9/11, we have been taking our shoes and belts off. Putting our wallets, phones, and keys in a bin before walking through the scanner. Will TSA agents be wiping down the bins after every use? The answer is unknown, but I have to believe someone is working on technology so we can just walk on through.

This list could probably include a dozen more items that may not come back to normal, such as, is the cheek kiss greeting gone forever? One thing that will not change in a post-Covid-19 world is the importance of working together. oXYGen Financial is here to work with you to build a leaner budget, a fatter wallet, and a bigger net worth.


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About the author

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Van Pappas

Vice President, Private CFO®

Van Pappas, CFP® - Van is a native of Atlanta. He holds his undergraduate degree in Finance with an emphasis in Real Estate. As a planner for 15 years, he earned his CFP designation from Kaplan University. He is currently the Chairman and founder of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Chamblee. In 2012, he noticed the value of helping the X-Y Generations and decided to merge his practice with oXYGen Financial.

Background and qualification information is available at FINRA's BrokerCheck website.

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