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What Are Americans Looking Forward to After Quarantine?

by Cassie Dorian | July 16 2020

It’s safe to say quarantine has changed everyone’s life, in some way or another. Whether that means students have travelled home from college campus to their parent’s home, or young adults quarantining together so they’re not alone, there’s something novel about the last 70 or so days. Even though there’s a discussion around “a new normal”, it seems like that status is still a ways off. With new cases of COVID-19 springing up what seems like by the second, there’s talk about an additional shelter-in-place order or another lockdown. It’s important to note that we’re not currently in the “second wave” … we haven’t left the first wave of the coronavirus, yet. 

Unfortunately, many states are still in different stages of their reopening plans, meaning that in some cases, people don’t quite know when they’ll be able to operate as normal once again. In an effort to look on the brighter side, many become hopeful about when they’ll be able to see their favorite nail technician or visit their hair stylist for a quarantine-spruce up. A recent survey highlights exactly what Americans are looking forward to once they’re able to go about their business freely once more. 

Once we’re “freed” from the confines of where we’re quarantining, most people will be looking forward to seeing their families. Almost 1 in 4 Americans responded saying that they’d like to visit family and friends first. Many older Americans who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities haven’t been able to have visitors for a few months, but in half of the U.S. states, visits to nursing homes can resume. As of July 6th, 26 states repealed policies that made it impossible for family members to visit loved ones in nursing homes. 

Other businesses who were affected during the coronavirus shutdown, such as airlines and travel agencies, are looking to begin making money off of travelers who want to see their friends and family. 

An interesting insight from the study is that more so than going shopping, traveling, or going out to eat, Americans would like to go back into work. 10.9% of respondents said they were looking forward to going back to work in the office or their place of business.  

Another part of the study looked at where people would like to go first, after they’re able. Overwhelmingly, the responses show people would like to be able to go out to dinner! 31.5% of respondents said they’d be visiting a restaurant as soon as they could. The top 10 foods Americans have missed, according to the Daily Meal, include sushi, steak, burgers, and burritos. 

We’re looking forward to the light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, too. 

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