In the latest news of ways in which COVID-19 has royally screwed us over, a poll that was commissioned by Vision Direct surveying 2,000 adults saw that sucking face with strangers on a night out is one of the main things people will be ditching as soon as the lockdown is lifted.
Social distancing measures to stick post pandemic?
The study was conducted by One Poll and aimed at seeing how people foresaw themselves changing their everyday social habits post-pandemic. The research found that about 80% of individuals will actively make an effort to not share items with other people, stranger or familiar, going forward.
Other practices on the list of things to think twice about before doing (in lieu of the next pandemic to plague the world) are taking a bite out of someone else's sandwich, sharing drinks or even eating from the same pack of crisps at pubs.
Physical closeness might never go back to what it once was
Another 73% of candidates polled said they would maintain social distancing measures from people they did not know. Rebecca Strauss, social media executive for Vision Direct, said about the results:
Habits such as carrying hand sanitizer everywhere, working from home when we have a cold, and washing our hands any time we touch our faces or eyes are positive habits we can continue to practice after the pandemic.
We have always stressed the importance of good hygiene and handwashing in regards to eye health. But the pandemic has really opened our eyes to how these habits should be carried into other aspects of our lives.
More results showed how COVID-19 restrictions have become ingrained in society as a quarter of people said that they could not imagine themselves standing close to other people at pubs and around a quarter of respondents claimed they would not be returning to buffet restaurants.
Finally, one in five people polled said they would not consider shaking someone's hand upon meeting them to avoid unnecessary physical contact.