5 Things You Never Would've Done Before the Coronavirus
When you can’t have a wedding in person, Zoom will have to do.
You don't need us to tell you that life has changed in almost every way since the coronavirus outbreak. Everywhere you go, you're wearing a face mask and you're barely flinching at a $30 price tag for hand sanitizer. It's a frightening and uncertain time for all of us, to be sure. But if there's one thing that binds us all together in this pandemic, it's that we've all adapted to new routines and behaviors that would've been unthinkable just a few months ago. From virtual weddings to our work wardrobe choices, here are five examples of previously unfathomable things we've universally accepted amid the coronavirus pandemic. And for more unlikely things people are doing these days, check out 10 Old-Fashioned Hobbies Making a Comeback in Quarantine.
Attend a wedding via Zoom
Prior to the coronavirus keeping us all on lockdown, it would have been unthinkable to have a wedding on Zoom. Before the pandemic, many of us didn't even know what Zoom was! But now, people are having elaborate Zoom weddings, which has changed the wedding industry entirely. According to Wired magazine, there are now services like virtual wedding photographers, custom virtual backdrops, celebrity officiants, and even drones to take photos of newly-married couples from afar. And for some helpful Zoom guidance, check out 7 Secret Zoom Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Meetings.
Attend a funeral via Zoom
On a far sadder note, Zoom funerals have become increasingly common due to the coronavirus. Though it's especially difficult to lend your support without the ability to hug those in mourning, we can all agree it's better than not being there for people at all.
"There's something about the rituals being done the right way," David Kessler, a grief expert and the founder of grief.com, told CNN. He acknowledged that virtual funerals "may feel wrong, impersonal or sacrilegious. But what's worse is people's grief not being witnessed."
Cut your own hair
Our barbers and hairstylists would probably be horrified, but people are just getting fed up with their long and shaggy hair styles in quarantine. Rather than wait for hair salons to open up again, many people have decided to take matters into their own hands. And the results have been, shall we say, mixed. If you want to see some awful quarantine haircuts, check out 10 Awful Quarantine Haircuts By Significant Others.
Bake loaves of bread
Before COVID-19, if you asked the average person the last time they'd baked a loaf of bread, they would have looked at you like you had two heads. Oh, how times have changed. Thanks to sheltering-in-place restrictions, we've turned into a nation of home bakeries. According to the market research firm Nielsen, sales of yeast have jumped 410 percent since the pandemic—and bread maker sales are up 400 percent at Bed Bath & Beyond.
It turns out, this might be a hobby we should keep for the long haul. C. Vaile Wright, PhD, director of clinical research at the American Psychological Association, told the New York Post recently that making bread from scratch can be a great stress reducer. "Something exists that didn't exist before, which can be very rewarding," she said.
Wear pajamas to work
In pre-coronavirus times, it never would've crossed your mind to walk into a work meeting wearing a blouse or tie on top and flannel pajamas pants on the bottom. And yet, that's what so many people are doing for their workplace Zoom meetings.
The business-on-the-top, bedtime-on-the-bottom outfits are all well and fine for working from home, as long as you make sure your PJs aren't on camera. ABC News correspondent Will Reeve, son of the late Superman himself Christopher Reeve, infamously decided to wear a suit jacket and button-down shirt with no pants during a Good Morning America appearance in April and he didn't quite get the camera angle right. It's a mistake we should all learn from.