Abby Slutsky likes to find some find some positive aspects in whatever negative circumstances arise.
Like most people, I am devastated about the deaths, illness, economic downfalls, and other problems that Covid-19 has caused. Certainly, I wish that we were in a pre-Covid era. Nevertheless, there are a few positives that have come out of these tragic times. It hasn’t been easy to come up with a list, but I have found one.
1. Improved Cleanliness and Hygiene
For the most part, when I enter a public place, it is much cleaner than it was pre-Covid, I hope that the attention that employees and patrons are giving to hygiene does not go backwards if the coronavirus gets under control. There is something nice about wiped down shopping carts and a clean conveyor belt at the grocery store.
Additionally, people seem more attuned to their own hygiene. They wash their hands frequently, use hand sanitizer and cover their mouths if they cough. All of this adds to a healthier environment, and hopefully, these habits will outlast the Covid pandemic.
2. Customer Appreciation
Maybe it is just me, but I doubt it. Business is bad for many people in my area. As a result, when I do frequent a store or make a purchase, I feel like store owners and their employees really appreciate my business.
3. Improved Customer Service and Reduced Wait Times
At least where I shop (even though it is mostly grocery shopping these days) or to get grooming services done, I feel like customer service is at an all time high. On the rare times I get a hair cut or other service, the technician takes her time and I feel like the service is better (even though mine was good pre-Covid) than in the past. Additionally, since the technicians I use for personal grooming are not as busy as they were pre-Covid, my appointments are very punctual.
4. Reduced Spending and Bills
Truthfully, my charge bills have never been lower since Covid-19. I am amazed at how little I need. I rarely go out or socialize. New clothes, makeup and many other items that I formerly purchased are unnecessary and unneeded.
The positive point is I doubt I will ever be interested in the impulse spending I did pre-Covid. (I was never really a big shopper, but the truth is I am not missing most of the things I used to buy.) I am, however, getting far more enjoyment out of lower bills instead of purchasing new non-essentials I may have occasionally bought before Covid.
Working at home has increased savings too. It eliminates a stop for morning coffee or running out to lunch for many employees. These small items can easily save a monthly expense of almost $300 if you were indulging daily.
5. Less Wear And Tear on Cars
Since many people do not go out very often, the wear and tear cars is very limited. Depending on the future, there is a chance my family may give up one of our two cars sooner than we expected.
6. Enhanced Work Flexibility And More Beauty Sleep
This may not be true for everyone, but for many working at home, this can provide more leisure time (no commute), ability to wear comfortable clothes (sometimes pajamas even), and, at times, allows employees to keep up with work without always adhering to a traditional schedule.
Additionally, rolling out of bed for work has never been easier because (unless you are videoconferencing), there is no need for fancy hairstyles, shaving or makeup application that can add 10 minutes or more to a morning routine. Yes, most work-at-home employees are likely to be enjoying that extra snooze or two.
If you desire, it is possible to perform your job from a cheaper geographical area than where it is located, or choose a warmer climate.
7. Increased Family Time
Covid-10 has been the catalyst for many people moving back to home to their families. As a result, some people are able to build closer family relationships and save money. In addition, many families eat together, which provides an opportunity to share about their day while enjoying a meal. Of course, depending on your family, this may or may not be the case.
8. Improved Technological Skills
As companies and individuals are looking to conduct business or socialize, technology is becoming the norm for face-to-face meetings. Even those not in the workforce are learning how to use Zoom and other visual online technology.
9. Low Interest Rates and Reduced Rents in Some Areas
For someone looking to purchase a home or commercial space, interest rates are at unheard of lows. If your job is secure, now could be the time to splurge on the home you have always wanted, especially if you are spending significantly less on other items because you are restricting your shopping and social activities. If you have debt, now may be the perfect time to refinance at a more attractive rate.
10. Philanthropic Help and Social Awareness
Some companies and individuals are stepping up to the plate to help fund vaccine research. Among those who have helped with research funding for Covid vaccines are Dolly Parton and Bill Gates. Other celebrities have donated funds in other ways to assist those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, many companies are debuting ads that focus on personal safety and wearing masks.
Thus, even in a time when many people are suffering from Corona induced illness or financial problems, perhaps the pandemic is improving our willingness to take care of ourselves properly, control our spending, and become altruistic. There is no doubt that the detriments of Covid-19 far outweigh the benefits, but it is nice to find a few positive outcomes as we work to battle this virus.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Abby Slutsky
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on February 25, 2021:
Brenda, thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 24, 2021:
I guess there is a silver lining in everything.
We are not spending as much money, but we are feeling a bit claustrophobic from staying inside.
Too much time can get on one's nerves, but we are finding a different kind of closeness.
I try to look my best even at home, but I don't rush off to get ready first thing.
Love your article. It makes a few good points.
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on February 24, 2021:
Thanks so much for your thoughts and time.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 24, 2021:
This is so true. The attitudes have changed here too and the extra cleaning now by businesses is something I hope they keep up in post Covid.
I spend less now and I also shop local. It is amazing how much you save when everything is closed.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2021:
Those are some positive things that have come during this pandemic. We have done more food sharing with neighbors than in the past. Liz's point about less pollution is also a good point. Thanks for accenting the positive.
Liz Westwood from UK on February 23, 2021:
You make some good points in this article. I would add that during strict lockdowns the environment has benefited from less pollution.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2021:
It is always good to look at the positive side of things. Your article spells out some of the good that has occurred due to COVID-19, Abby.