The pandemic has had a massive impact on many things—our daily and work routines, hygiene habits, the way we socialize, shop, and behave in public, our plans as well as those of many businesses and governments, and a slew of many other things.

Many of us have grown accustomed to the way the world has changed, but are also looking forward to the time when things will go back to normal. Alas, not everything will remain the way it has been because of how drastically the coronavirus has changed the world and the way it used to work.

So, it does seem appropriate to wonder what has been changed forever. Reddit user u/Cuish has recently asked that very question—what will never be the same again once the pandemic is over?—and Reddit delivered over 17,000 responses.

Bored Panda invites you to read through some of the best and most thought-provoking answers to the question. Scroll down to read through them and make sure to comment and vote on the ones you liked the most.

#1My marriage.

My wife and I had to work from home together (separate jobs) from March until September when she had to go back to the office. I am still working from home. During this time, we became increasingly closer. I have heard so many stories of marital problems being caused by Covid. I literally miss my wife everyday she has to go to work.

I meet her at the door like a fucking puppy. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sometimes forced proximity does too.

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#2Hopefully your boss will finally admit that all his dumb meetings actually could have been emails all along.

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#3The phrase “avoid it like the plague” – turns out people don’t do that.

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#4A massive amount of people now know they can work from home.

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#5Time spent with my kids.

Pre-pandemic I would leave the house 5 days a week at 6:15am to commute to the office, usually before anyone else in my house is awake. And I’d get home most evenings just in time to put them to bed. I’ll never go back to that. The past 8 months I’ve actually seen my boys grow up in front of my eyes and I get lots of quality time with them every day, even with work from home.

I know now what i was missing.

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#6Blowing out the candles on your birthday cake

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#7I will not take hugs for granted.

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#8Anytime you’re sick, you’ll wear a mask. I’m amazed at all the times I flew before when I had a cold, and didn’t wear a mask.

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#9Office life. My company has already announced that once we are allowed to go back, we’d only be going once or twice a week. It seems many realized how feasible working from home is.

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#10My dogs have expected me to basically be around all the time and rub their belly’s 24/7#11My definition of “personal space.”

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#12People coming into work sick to show how dedicated to work they are or saving those days for ‘mental health days’ meant ironically.

No Justin! Don’t come over to my desk with your coughing and runny nose telling me how bad you’re ‘roughing it’ at work to get some sympathy. “If you’re looking for sympathy, look under the dictionary between shit and syphilis”!#13As a current college student, I am in favor of keeping recorded lectures. It’s way more helpful than just having notes or slides.

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#14Shopping will continue to be mostly online and malls will likely die out faster than they were already going to.

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#15Most of the mom and pop stores in my town are gone forever. Some of these stores I grew up with, the nickle arcade, the tiny French bakery my aunt took us to when we got good grades, the only ramen shop open after 10PM, my favorite donut shop, the fancy British tea shop I never had a good date in but many London Fogs that were utterly perfect, the only dim sum place, the handmade mochi and tea shop, the only cigar shop in town to get fancy cigars…

I lament the death of all these tiny businesses I took for granted. I always thought they’d be around. Now my community is left with just brand named box stores, no more originality and flavor. Just closed skyrise buildings surrounded by a garishly lit Denny’s, Olive Garden, and Target.

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#16Working in an office, particularly in Japan.

I live in Japan. Going to the office and spending all day here is a deep cultural tradition. So many companies here, even in the early COVID days, flat out publicly said “Hah, no, we will NEVER be doing that ‘work from home’ thing, sorry. That’s laughably naïve.”

Then, the country issued a “Declaration of National Urgency” (not an actual Emergency, as that would entitle the govt to be actually accountable to the livelihoods of the people, just a very strong arm public stance and shaming businesses into following suit).

And those traditional Japanese businesses saw what happened to their bottom lines when they no longer had to pay for electricity, heating/AC, cleaning, office equipment and maintenance, subsidized travel expenses to/from work, soft items like coffee and snacks, etc… and so many of them now are singing the praises of a “sensible work from home policy” and planning for even long-term work-from-home options.

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#17Health care workers going to work without a mask on. Definitely took for granted seeing my co workers smiling faces during my long shifts

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#18I’m hoping that this convinces the (American, pretty much everyone else has this figured out already) masses that healthcare is a human right and should not be tied to employment. The pandemic has shown that plenty of people lose their jobs through no fault of their own, despite their best efforts and that should not condemn them to either going without healthcare or accumulating crippling debt when they lose their health insurance coverage.#19Obliviousness to how many things I touched between hand washings

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#20Literally this morning, our local paper reported that the government is aiming to achieve full internet coverage throughout Indonesia, reaching even the remote villages by 2024. We had a local meme as our boomer minister said a few years back something in the line of “Why do we need strong internet access?” It took the poor stealing smartphones for the sole purpose of letting their kids attend online classes to convince them. So the answer to the question is: some boomers’ view on the value of internet accessability.#21My waistline

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#22Childhood development theories – we now have an entire group of children who have missed what are regarded as developmental milestones. Learning to play cooperatively with others, learning to share, empathy building, etc. It will be very interesting to see the research coming out over the next decade or so#23As a nursing assistant… I will be forever oh so hesitant to get near someone (particularly the elderly who like to cough directly at you) without my eye-shield and mask.

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#24They’ll probably leave the plexiglass things up. That’s probably it.#25Drinking fountains.

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#26Hopefully frequent handwashings will become the norm. And hand sanitizers in shops, restaurants and public spaces.

As someone who refuses to touch food if I haven’t washed my hands (I am emetophobic, I’m terrified of the stomach flu), this endless supply everywhere I go is really nice. And people who usually don’t care about washing their hands do it more often!#27Having been the funeral organist for numerous pandemic-caused deaths:

I can bear first-hand witness to the sad fact that the families and friends of the departed brought to their death by COVID-19 will never be the same.#28Food delivery just being dropped off on your doorstep. Remember when you had to go outside and make EYE CONTACT like some kind of PERSON?! No more, my friends. Just leave it outside and I’ll get it when I’m ready. No more scrambling to find pants when you’re half baked and hungry…#29It’s annoying how (seemingly) quickly my life went from talking about where we wanted to buy a house to discussing the possibility of moving back in with my parents for a while.

RIP live music career, you will be missed.#30I am afraid that a lot of karaokes and spas in our country will go out of business.#31Standing next to someone after they sneeze#32Movies, unfortunately. Cinema specifically. I’m sure a lot of production companies will take enormous losses or possibly file bankruptcy as no one is paying to go see movies anymore. The other issue being that no one can really make movies at the moment either. Travel bans all over, logistic issues, actors not able to be within close proximity to one another, and then all the post-production work that, for the most part can’t be done from home. Little to no support for creative arts jobs from governments around the globe. Artists encouraged to retrain in other sectors.#33Dating is going to get even more app related which isnt good for most people honestly. Especially if people work at home more and dont go out for entertainment.#34My attitude towards my entertainment backlog. Previously I used to look at my PlayStation library or my Netflix list and think “If I just had a few weeks off,I could make a serious dent”

I’ve had more then a few weeks off and my backlog seems if anything more endless,I’ll probably be in the retirement home with that little voice in the back of my head going “Peaky Blinders is meant to be good,should get on that”#35Fewer weddings, more elopements.#36I have the impression that people has shown their worst part and this will have consequences for long time#37People actually knowing what 6ft looks like. Seriously, everyone’s estimations of 6ft distance have been just gradually decreasing and decreasing to a point where most people are hanging out 3ft away and thinking it’s 6#38Cruise Ships… dubious that industry will come out the other side without radical changes#39Snow days (for school)#40Video games. They feel like they did when I was a teenager again. Usually I feel guilty that I’m not doing something more productive, but right now I could care less about spending a whole weekend doing almost nothing but playing video games.

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Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week. This special series of compilations focuses on India’s COVID-19 struggle (see last week’s post here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Food safety issues and the enhancement of health security are of growing national and international concern. – FSSAI report

COVID-19 transformed the fish and meat purchasing behaviour of consumers dramatically. Due to safety concerns, consumers made the habit-forming shift to ecommerce. – Shan Kadavil, FreshToHome

Health is no more about medicines; it is now a way of life. – Sanjaya Mariwala, OmniActive Health Technologies

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the lives of people with disabilities. Visually impaired persons cannot avoid touch and cannot maintain physical distancing in their true sense. – Prashant Ranjan Verma, NAB

The lockdown period has drastically changed individual behaviours and highlighted the need for safety and comfort. – Paul Abraham, Hinduja Foundation

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The pandemic brought enormous human suffering, but the quarantine and economic fallout brought the cash flow crisis. – Patrick Schwerdtfeger, 'Pandemic, Inc.'

It’s competitive to raise funding in any environment and even more so during a crisis of such a magnitude. If you are in a sector that’s in favour right now, do raise a bit more than required to have some buffer. – Jatin Desai, Inflexor Ventures

Any and every profession involves some risk, whether it is delivering food, working on a desk, or running a company. – Raghav Joshi, Rebel Foods

Leading global bodies project that there will be a contraction in global energy demand over the next few years also. – PM Narendra Modi

The coronavirus pandemic has set women professionals back by more than a decade, further disbalancing gender parity at work. – Anuranjita Kumar, WiT India

The pandemic has given rise to unpaid care work that women provide and there has been a reduction in external investment towards women-led enterprises as businesses continue to be affected due to disruption. – Naghma Mulla, EdelGive Foundation

Being used to the traditional office culture, many people don’t have the right frame of mind to work remotely. It takes time, discipline, and dedication to develop that. – Zahara Kanchwalla Zahara, Rite KnowledgeLabs

Corporate campuses are now allowing extended lunch hours to help mitigate the risk by limiting the number of people who can be present in the cafeteria at a time. – Sandipan Mitra, HungerBox

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COVID-19 has accelerated India's digital transformation and a workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills will be the key to unlocking the country's next phase of growth. – Anant Maheshwari, Microsoft India

As consumers have shifted online, more companies are looking at how they can take advantage of this digital shift and the vast economic opportunities that come with it. – Bhavik Vasa, GetVantage

The blue-collar ecosystem is undergoing massive digital transformation and the ongoing pandemic has accelerated this adoption. – Pravin Agarwala, Betterplace

As the city builds back from COVID-19, there is a demanding need for an accessible, affordable, and safe everyday commute option. – Aravind Sanka, Rapido

During COVID-19 pandemic, consumers began demanding social change in the fashion industry by seeking more sustainable brands. – Rina Dhaka, RE.purposed

Comfort is the priority for most men now especially since most of them are working from home these days. – Prince Kumar, Cantabil Retail

Change and evolution is part and parcel of life – but the beauty of theatre and art is that while nothing stays constant, everything stays the same. – Arundhati Nag, Ranga Shankara

YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).

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In India, COVID-19 efforts can be combined with tuberculosis prevention help defeat both illnesses. Photo: Shubhangee Vyas
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With COVID-19, our lives are no longer the same. The pandemic has overshadowed other health issues and reversed the progress made over decades in our fight against other diseases, including tuberculosis (TB). In India, despite sustained and aggressive nation-wide interventions, this deadly disease continues to haunt the population with one of the world’s highest TB infection rates. 

Under the National TB Elimination Program, the country has successfully treated over 20 million patients since 1997. Efforts have been afoot to further reduce the TB burden, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created serious obstacles.

However, rather than being an obstacle, the pandemic should be seen as an opportunity to simultaneously combat COVID-19 and TB, in order to avert millions of deaths.

The respiratory route is the primary mode of transmission for both infections. Interrupting it will stop the spread of both.  In addition, global strategies to control COVID-19 and TB have common key elements: early detection, diagnosis, contact tracing, and case management. Both ailments also require a whole-of-society approach and active community engagement for implementing simple, doable, evidence-based and affordable non-pharmaceutical interventions.  

The National TB Elimination Program is a good place to start this process in India. It has demonstrated the strong involvement of civil society and community leadership in prevention and management of TB. This can be used to curb the spread of COVID-19 through community outreach that seeks to reduce close contact and promote use of non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g. respiratory hygiene) in communities, public transport and overcrowded houses.

The program has also been instrumental in finding active TB cases. This can be expanded to include COVID-19 by strengthening the surveillance for influenza-like illness. The unification of surveillance activity for communicable diseases with similar modes of transmission is prudent, efficient, productive, and cost-effective.

This success can also be attributed to the involvement/engagement of the private sector, including use of the TB notification and patient management system ‘NIKSHAY.’ This IT-based platform can be strengthened to integrating notifications and responses to COVID-19. The strategies for COVID-19 can be synchronized with TB’s four strategic pillars of “Detect – Treat – Prevent – Build.”

India has scaled up diagnostic facilities by making highly effective tests available throughout the country. This has helped to make sure more people are diagnosed, receive proper medical treatment and thus reduce transmission of infection.

One of these tests, the cartridge-based nucleic acid amplification test, is rapid, highly sensitive, specific, and also detects resistance against recommended antituberculosis drugs. This system has also been extensively used during the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the possibility of cross-use and integration of this system for diagnosis of other infectious diseases. With minor modifications it has the potential to become an affordable and reliable diagnostic aid across the spectrum of infectious diseases.

The pandemic should be seen as an opportunity to simultaneously combat COVID-19 and TB, in order to avert millions of deaths.

The other, TrueNat®, is a chip-based, portable reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine that is the fastest available test for COVID-19. It also has the potential to become an important diagnostic tool for multiple infectious diseases.

These tests can be made more effective by strengthening diagnostic outreach in the community with well-defined referral mechanisms. 

Using the same facilities for testing TB and COVID-19, with possible expansion and strengthening, can help in successful reductions of both diseases.  India has, in a remarkably short period of 6 months, scaled testing capacity for COVID-19 from the initial 15 testing laboratories to more than 1750 labs across the country. TB detection services can benefit immensely from this feasible, affordable and quality service network-based delivery model.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Tuberculosis Free India Campaign (TB Mukt Bharat), presenting his vision to eliminate TB from India by 2025. Similar leadership has been shown in managing the pandemic. India even allocated about $10 million to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for fighting the pandemic in the neighboring countries in South Asia. The pandemic response can benefit from adopting best practices in India’s TB program, including telemedicine, doorstep delivery of drugs, insurance coverage, improved logistics, private sector partnerships and other benefits to community and frontline health workers.

The COVID-19 response has put the focus on public health interventions like social distancing, use of masks, cough etiquette, and hand hygiene. Continuing these steps will help in preventing new infections of TB as well. In the long term, strengthening efforts on providing properly ventilated houses to the poor contributes to the prevention of all respiratory infections. Initiatives such as the 30-second coronavirus mobile phone ring tone produced in India can be also be used to promote control of TB and other infectious diseases.

Managing the COVID-19 outbreak can help end tuberculosis in India in other ways as well. A major challenge in TB elimination continues to be “missing cases”. Sustained awareness amongst communities on various facets of TB – including the lethal consequences of late diagnosis and incomplete treatment of TB, will encourage people to seek health services more quickly. A strong network of diagnostic laboratories – on the pattern of COVID-19 labs, is needed to confirm the diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment.

Lessons learnt from pandemic should also include integrated training on related ailments. The disease dynamics and management of TB and COVID–19 can be communicated simultaneously to medical professionals and the public to ensure uniformity and better compliance. Other diseases can also be easily integrated into these training modules or platforms for broader upgrading of skills and efficient use of training resources.

Across the world, enormous technical and financial resources are being invested into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these are fortifying existing public health services and skills in managing cases and implementing effective measures for infection prevention and control. It will be prudent to sustain these achievements and use them to provide a swift response to future epidemics or pandemics as well as improved health services, especially those pertaining to respiratory infections.

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States can typically waive repayments of most unemployment insurance if there is no fraud involved. But that’s not the case for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

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Alteria Capital, which provides loans to startups, is one the three large companies that dominates India’s venture debt market. It was started by Vinod Murali and Ajay Hattangdi, former executives of Temasek-owned InnoVen Capital, which is among the three major venture debt firms in India. The third in the pack being Trifecta Capital. Venture debt or venture lending, simply explained, is debt financing typically for venture-backed companies. Unlike traditional bank loans, venture lending caters to startups and growth companies that may not necessarily have positive cashflow or hard assets to show as collateral.

“Venture dent is a mechanism for founders to reduce dilution when everything else is attractive. This is not a bailout product, this is not a last resort. It is the way you can optimise a good situation and make it even better,” says Alteria Capital Managing Partner Vinod Murali, during a late August chat with YourStory Founder and CEO Shradha Sharma.

Alteria Capital has 28 companies in its portfolio including the likes of hyperlocal delivery startup Dunzo, online learning platform Toppr, student housing startup Stanza Living, scooter rental platform Vogo, and digital lender Lendingkart.

“It (venture debt) provides you insurance, it provides you time, it gives you that extra oxygen which you may need, that you don’t know if you have a necessity (for) or not, up front. In February, nobody thought the rest of the year was going to play out like this, nobody would have forecast that,” says Vinod. 

As the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 continued to spread rapidly across the world, it was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March. The unforeseen event and its adverse impact has left several businesses and economies across the globe reeling. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called it a “crisis like no other’ and its June projection estimates the global economy to grow at – 4.9 per cent in 2020, 1.9 percentage points below its April 2020 World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a more negative impact on activity in the first half of 2020 than anticipated, and the recovery is projected to be more gradual than previously forecast, according to the IMF

“It’s like an umbrella you buy before it starts raining, once it starts raining everything gets expensive. Before it starts raining you grab it, keep it. If you don’t use it, great for you, if you use it, you’ve always had it with you — that's venture debt. It’s a debt product, it’s a monthly repayment of principal and interest but it gives a little bit more time for founders,” explains Vinod, who is an IIT-IIM alumnus.

The venture debt market in India is seeing transactions upwards of 300 million to 400 million in a year, with 80 per cent to 85 per cent of it being financed through the three large players Alteria, InnoVen and Trifecta, according to the former Citibank executive.

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Capital in the times of COVID-19

The pandemic has been a difficult time for most businesses, as cashflow has dried up for many. Capital has been critical for several companies to stay alive. While debt financing may be one of the options to raise capital, it could also sound the death knell for some, warns Vinod.

He explains, “While there is a fairly overwhelming need for capital I think it’s also important to distinguish as to what may be appropriate (depending on) what kind of companies, what kind of situation, because you can take a lot of equity and it will be sub-optimal (and) you don’t kill the company but if you take a lot of debt you can actually kill the company. So one needs to be very careful both founders and lenders alike in figuring out what the right fit is.”

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Taking on too much debt can kill a company, warns Vinod.

Vinod stresses upon the fact that venture debt is definitely not the right fit for all in need of capital.  “It’s not meant for all companies, I’ll be the first one to say that. Historically, we have seen 25 per cent -30 per cent of funded startups to be appropriate for venture debt and it may seem like an astonishingly small number but the reason is every single company that has taken venture funding is equity funded,” he says.

Alteria spent March to May largely figuring out what its portfolio needed. “We were in firefighting mode, which I think is true for most of the ecosystem,” says Vinod while adding that since June there’s been a lot more understanding on what’s working and where the damage is most heavy. “So we have also managed to calibrate and figure out which are the newer areas in which we can participate and help provide more capital to companies,” he says.

Unsurprisingly, edtech is one the sectors doing well through the pandemic and thus attracting deals from investors. However, even if a startup is part of a sector that is seeing tailwinds, it is important to have a differentiation factor to be able to seal deals with potential investors, according to Vinod.

“It’s not just that if you are an edtech company, everybody wants to give you money. You have to assure you are a good edtech company and you are showing some differentiation. There is a reason why companies are attractive and it’s not just the market,” he says.

Watch the full conversation here:

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During the current times, raising venture debt over venture funding may make sense for several startups, as the pandemic has hit many of their valuations hard. Raising capital through venture funding is likely to force many startups to dilute their equity heavily, making venture debt a more attractive option.

For businesses from the worst hit sectors, however, there is little or no interest from venture capital and venture debt firms alike. “There are some sectors that are fairly badly hit that involve physical community, which involves interaction necessarily for the way in which the way the business is done and this could be across travel, hospitality, offline retail, and all of those are going to take a long time to recover. And we are seeing low to no equity interest in those spaces, so consequently from a venture debt perspective these companies would be difficult to target right now,” says Vinod.

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