1. Marketing is everything. If they has marketed face masks as “the best way to protect YOURSELF” instead of “protecting OTHERS” we would have actually been out of this in 2 weeks like initially promised. People are selfish and horrible to each other.

  2. Yep. Movies taught me that if something terrible enough happens humanity will band together and defeat it.

  3. This. Covid will look like a walk in the park compared to a more devastating illness or catastrophic event, and now we KNOW governments and people will not be able to keep it together.

  4. The biggest take away I can come up with is how under serviced rural areas are. The local grocery store can’t offer curb side pick up, door dash doesn’t exist here, all the answers for what we should do in a pandemic aren’t feasible where there’s only 500 people.

  5. As terrible as it sounds, 2020 was the best year of my life because I was able to work from home and spend so much time with my 2 kids and my wife. My wife ended up passing away from cancer in June of this year, so it means even more to me that I had all that time with her.

  6. My wife died in late November 2019. The whole world shutting down and me being forced to keep myself company for months from March 2020 was the best thing that ever happened to me. Gave me the space I needed to get my head right, and took away all the social pressure surrounding grief. Covid saved me.

  7. I agree - when the first shutdowns happened, it really didn't change my life all that much. I loved that I didn't have to make excuses for not doing things - as a serious introvert, that was so good for my anxiety

  8. I had the opposite, I thought I was an introvert but I need interaction and variety of experience.

  9. It basically took all FOMO away. I remember in my twenties and teens I’d feel like a loser if I was alone on a Friday night. Now it’s my preference. Maybe I just got older?

  10. In the beginning of the pandemic I was kind of positively surprised by people, as I was expecting selfishness and shitfuckery from more people. Move forward a month later and my low expectations of humanity were finally fulfilled and people started acting as I expected them to act.

  11. As someone with a chronic illness and several disabled friends and family members, all people did was confirm how shitty I already suspected they all were. The number of people who refuse to be slightly inconvenienced in order to make the world significantly safer for others...it's not a surprise but it is disheartening.

  12. I found myself drinking alone every day early in the pandemic. I considered myself a social drinker. Nope. Just drinking to get drunk. Decided to "cut back" for a while. That cut back turned to quitting cold turkey. It's been over 2 years since my last drink.

  13. Yup! Covid hit while I was 6,000 miles from home, 24 hours a day and nothing to do in a country that loves to drink.

  14. Your employer will spend more telling everyone that they value your work than showing it to you. Corporate profits don’t trump control - even though for many companies 2021/2022 were banger years you gotta get your butt back into their I’ll equipped office because they say so

  15. Sound bites and influencers are more important than scientific facts. People will make life-threatening decisions because some ignorant asshat on Instagram made a pretty presentation full of lies and fake news.

  16. I knew I was a bit of an introvert, but now totally introvert. Don’t talk to me, or touch me. And for the love of all creation, stand far enough away that I don’t know what you had for lunch.

  17. Pandemic was just the proverbial group project in school all over again. A couple of intelligent and hard working people trying to keep everything from falling apart while the rest sit on their ass or choose to straight up sabotage everything. Yet somehow everyone gets the exact same grade.

  18. Remember in the movie “Independence Day,” when humanity bands together to ward off an existential threat to its existence as a species?

  19. The "supply chain" is far leaner and vulnerable to the vagaries of pandemic conditions than most had thought.

  20. I work in supply chain. Everyone from my chain of command to truckers to terminal management were all saying the same thing; last year was the single worst they had ever, ever seen it.

  21. Just because they’re voted officials , it’s clear they aren’t the smartest, nor do they have your best interest in mind.

  22. The extent to which politicians will sell out public health for their political advantage is much higher than I thought. Usually life or death situations are good for all politicians, just be a voice of stability and hope and you’re good. We all pull together and get through it. This time, dividing us intentionally to cause chaos? I stillc can’t believe real people did that.

  23. A lot of families aren’t ready for digital learning, either. Not everyone has a computer for every child, let alone broadband internet access, or an adult to stay home with the kids.Lockdown really pointed out the difference between the haves and the have-nots.

  24. One of the biggest problems we had was standardized testing. Our fall 2020 scores (in my school at least) were astronomically high compared to our fall 2019 scores. Similarly, winter 2021 (we test in January, this was the same 2020-2021 school year) was high. But when we were back in person in spring 2021, scores were back to normal levels.

  25. Getting one of my teachers to set up a simple one-on-one digital meeting was torture once. Oh, he wants to use Microsoft Teams despite all the other teachers using Google Meet? Fine, send the link. Hey, where is it? Hello? Ah fuck, the deadline has passed and only then did I figure out he sent it to the wrong email address. Okay, we'll just reschedule. Okay, it's the day. Ah fuck, he's on campus and their on-site IT is glitching out.

  26. This is due to rolling out online learning with no training on how to teach students online and best practices. There was no time to do so. We didn’t didn’t have the training or resources required to do this. Not to mention, every school district has different funding to even roll out such things.

  27. So fucking true. I work in food retail. I was called essential. Certainly did not feel essential and still don't. But at least they said stuff like thanks and good job.

  28. I’m a firefighter/ paramedic and our pay didn’t move a penny. At one point I was working 36 hours on 36 hours off

  29. This was always true though. Well except in healthcare where traveling nurses were making bank ($10k weekly) at one point.

  30. funny how essential workers suddenly become "lazy burger flippers" the second they bring up increasing the minimum wage after risking their lives to keep society afloat

  31. Considering my "essential job" was terminated, or rather I was told "it no longer existed", I'm Inclined to ageee.

  32. What’s that old saying? We’re all just three meals away from total chaos? I’ve been thinking about that adage a lot the past few years.

  33. That was the thing I paid attention to the most during the beginning of the pandemic. Every time a loved one asked if I thought we’d all be ok I said :

  34. During covid I was laid off for months and spent that whole time keeping up to date on everything going on in the world. I mean everything I possibly could, every single day. I reached the point of obsessive and the massive amount of negative crushed me. There was so much bad going on so much suffering that eventually, one day I just set it all down and said I'll check in in a month. Best decision I made that year, the only thing that kept my sanity. Just taking time away and not bathing in it everyday.

  35. This is a very underrated comment. My wife and I had to the same... for our own sanity. It was all we could think and talk about, it was literally freeing when we agreed to not check the news at all.

  36. A decent amount of people I work with surprised me a lot during the pandemic. People I used to have some respect for revealed themselves as complete idiots. It was really sobering.

  37. I knew the average person was pretty dumb but man did the pandemic shine a giant spotlight on how bad things truly are and how much of a negative effect that can have on the population as a whole.

  38. Probability and Statistics should be a standard required course in high school. It's amazing how many people think "not 100% effective" means "100% ineffective".

  39. I agree with this, but the insane amount of misinformation being spread over the last 3 years made it difficult to find the 'truth' in things.

  40. Most of the people in your neighborhood are just a pay check or two away from hitting you with a brick to steal what you have in your fridge.

  41. What I personally learned is that my basic faith in humanity was sadly misplaced, and a significant percentage of the populace doesn’t really understand what it means to live in a society.

  42. And that so many jobs could be done just as productively with 1/3 as many hours if all the inefficiencies were cut out. It really put into the spotlight how much pointless time wasting my job consisted of when COVID hit.

  43. And it’s perfectly fine to do nothing with it. We need to stop placing so much emphasis on meaning in life. Just enjoy the time instead of worrying about not doing anything.

  44. People do not have the skills to evaluate (or read) studies and draw appropriate conclusions from.

  45. Some employers (middle management mostly trying to justify their existence) try to assert that WFH kills productivity. Even though there are MANY studies showing that WFH actually increases productivity.

  46. My faith in my fellow humans ability to operate in a dynamic situation with was WAAAY too high.

  47. During a zombie apocalypse a lot of people will absolutely hide their bites and kill the group in the process.

  48. It's like that one "community" episode. "Why didn't you tell us" "I thought I was special!" "You're special? I was bitten an hour ago and nothing has hap-"starts turning

  49. They really are. The vast number of people who clearly have no clue on how to conduct personal hygiene is perhaps the most surprising thing and frightening thing. A startling number of people who simply don’t know how to wash their fucking hands.

  50. When the first PSAs to fight the pandemic was to wash your damn hands I knew we were in for a bad time.

  51. No matter how strong and resilient you think you are, your mental health can be penetrated without you realizing it.

  52. It was bad, but it could have definitely been worse. Most European countries had more deaths per 1m inhabitants, some even twice or thrice as much.

  53. I work in childcare. We learned that children really need socialization. You would think with time off parents would work on things. Kids came back to daycare, not potty trained, still using a pacifier, speech behind, refusing to share.

  54. I work in childcare. We didn't shut down. Still open to kids of "essential workers" or parents who needed a break.

  55. That I can be in the best shape of my life, what's essentially my prime at 31, taking vitamins every day, working out all the time, and still some virus can come along and take it all away, leave me bedridden for most of two years and almost 3 years on still dealing with nerve damage effects from it.

  56. Any nefarious actor could wipe out the entire world’s population with the right virus if they wanted to and there’s nothing we can or would do to stop it.

  57. I've read Q&As from biologist types and apparently it's quite hard to make an artificial disease that's more effective than the ones already in the wild. Random viruses/bacteria and our bodies are constantly trying to kill each other, in this evolving arms race that's surprisingly difficult for artificial diseases to compete with.

  58. It’s more clear than ever that our elected “leaders” are not role models nor are they competent enough to “protect” or “help” the average citizen. After all of this it’s surprising people still idolize their favorite politicians. What a cluster **** the past several years have been.

  59. When you'll look at horror movies and think the main characters take stupid decisions that will get them killed and that it's unrealistic because no one ever IRL would do this, remember what happened during covid and realise that people are actually way more stupid than in fiction.

  60. If aliens ever came to enslave the earth we could never mount a defense because half the people would doubt it was real. In short there are a lot of really fucking stupid people out there. George Carlin called it decades ago.

  61. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.

  62. Some people took "it's OK to question everything" to mean "I'm going to find other crackpots who say what I want to believe to reinforce my way of thinking."

  63. Being isolated does more damage than I realised. Barely any human contact was all that I wanted due to my anxiety but once I got that, I ended up doing absolutely nothing. Despite having all the time in the world. It was distressing and I wanted to go out and see people again. If anything, avoiding human interaction made my anxiety worse.

  64. People don't give a flying fuck about you. Like, truly and fully don't care how their actions affect those around them. I've lost so much respect and affection for so many friends and family because of how they conducted themselves at the initial stages of the outbreak. Lot of shit came to light about them that I still have difficulty reconciling with myself.

  65. I think COVID changed my view of family. I have an immunocompromised child and my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc are all antivax. Having the same blood doesn't mean that you value the same things or even the same people. I ended up cutting out all the "family" that chose their politics over my young child's life and then boasted about it.

  66. No matter how connected we are we cannot trust others to be the smallest amount of responsible. RIP to all the grandma's who got covid from someone being careless.

  67. Humanity lacks the ability to come together and function for the greater. Despite every alien invasion movie relying on that ability.

  68. People are dumber than we thought and we thought they were pretty dumb. People who think themselves free will turn to fascism quickly when frightened.

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