In the long run, could the pandemic actually end up improving our lives in some ways? Here are some good changes we've had to make that might be permanent.

 Axios reports that more work-from-home jobs. COVID forced companies to figure out how to handle remote workers. So there's a good chance you'll see a lot more of those jobs out there, long after the pandemic ends.

Watching new movies at home. Theaters won't go away. But movies might hit on-demand earlier. And releasing them in theaters and on-demand at the same time might happen more.

Having groceries delivered. It's a lot more popular now than it was pre-COVID. And grocery stores have worked out how to get it done. Alcohol delivery has also boomed.

Telehealth and teletherapy. It's cheaper, and they can see more patients. So talking to doctors and therapists online before you see them in person might become the new norm. When I was diagnosed with RSV right at the start of the pandemic. used another online Dr. service through my health care provider. it worked pretty good.

More outdoor dining options. Restaurants have had to invest in ways to serve people outside. And a lot of those outdoor areas will stay. Of Course with the weather getting cold here in the Berkshires in the winter, that one might be iffy.

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