Change is constant, and it may help to remember that as the coronavirus outbreak drags on. Even if a miraculous vaccine for COVID-19 is discovered tomorrow, it’s unlikely the world will ever slip back into all of its old habits and ways.
From plexiglass separators in stores to no-contact food delivery, many of the changes that have come our way are likely to stick around permanently. And other societal shifts mean that certain things to which we’ve become accustomed are likely to join pay phones and parking meters on the slow but sure march to obsolescence.
Here’s a look at some familiar parts of life that the pandemic is slowly pushing to the sidelines.