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I'm Legitimately Curious How Many Of You Actually Followed Instructions During The Pandemic

I wanna know if you're still singing "Happy Birthday" while washing your hands.

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but depending on where you live, it's possible your life is looking a little more "normal" these days. Thank you, vaccines.

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So, looking back on the chaotic year (and then some) that we all just went through, how much did the pandemic change your daily life? Let's find out.

  1. 1. Did you wear a mask this past year?

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1. Did you wear a mask this past year?
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    Yes, and I still wear one now!
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    Yes, I wore one regularly until my local mandate lifted.
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    I sometimes wore one, but only if I really had to.
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    I never, or almost never, wore a mask.
  1. 2. Did you get into the routine of washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds (or singing "Happy Birthday" twice)?

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2. Did you get into the routine of washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds (or singing "Happy Birthday" twice)?
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    Yes, that became my new routine.
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    Nah. I still washed my hands, but not for the full 20 seconds.
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    I'm not great about washing my hands at all, TBH.
  1. 3. Remember at the beginning of the pandemic, when everyone on TV was telling you to stop touching your face? Did you do that?

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3. Remember at the beginning of the pandemic, when everyone on TV was telling you to stop touching your face? Did you do that?
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    Yes, I'm very diligent about not touching my face now.
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    Nope, I gave up on that.
  1. 4. Be honest: Were you ever that person who wore their mask underneath their nose?

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4. Be honest: Were you ever that person who wore their mask underneath their nose?
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    Yeah, probably.
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    Nope, never.
  1. 5. Did you obey those little traffic markers in grocery store aisles that tell you which way to walk?

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5. Did you obey those little traffic markers in grocery store aisles that tell you which way to walk?
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    Yes, always.
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    I tried to...sometimes.
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    TBH...no.
  1. 6. How about the floor markers that encourage you to give six feet of space while waiting in line? Did you obey those?

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6. How about the floor markers that encourage you to give six feet of space while waiting in line? Did you obey those?
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    Of course.
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    Not really.
  1. 7. Did you hoard toilet paper?

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7. Did you hoard toilet paper?
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    No, I only bought what I needed.
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    Yeah, I stocked up on way too much.
  1. 8. What was your social life like this past year?

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8. What was your social life like this past year?
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    I saw basically no one outside my household.
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    I saw some close friends and family in limited, COVID-appropriate ways.
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    I had an active social life and didn't make many changes because of COVID.
  1. 9. Did you travel at all this year?

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9. Did you travel at all this year?
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    No, I stayed home.
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    I only took trips that were within driving distance.
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    I took flights, but quarantined and/or tested after.
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    I went on trips and did not take any particular COVID precautions.
  1. 10. How did you spend your holidays?

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10. How did you spend your holidays?
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    I stayed home, and celebrated with my household.
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    I saw some family, with COVID precautions in place.
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    I celebrated as if it were any other year.
  1. 11. Did you go to restaurants?

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11. Did you go to restaurants?
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    No. I cooked my meals at home or did takeout.
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    Only if they had outdoor seating.
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    Yes, I ate inside restaurants sometimes.
  1. 12. Did you ever go get a COVID test?

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12. Did you ever go get a COVID test?
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    Yep, I got tested at some point.
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    No, I never got tested, but I probably should have (i.e. I felt sick, traveled on an airplane, or was exposed to someone who tested positive).
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    No, I never got tested, because I was never in a situation that required a test.
  1. 13. And finally, what's your vaccination status?

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13. And finally, what's your vaccination status?
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    I'm fully or partially vaccinated.
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    The vaccine isn't available to me yet.
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    I'm not sure if I'll get the vaccine.
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    I don't plan to get the vaccine.

For what it's worth, you should absolutely get vaccinated as soon as you can. You're not just protecting your own health by getting that shot — you're also helping to save the lives of countless others. You can learn more about the vaccines from the CDC.

And remember: We are not out of the woods with this virus yet! Stay vigilant, schedule your shot(s), and keep following the guidance of your local officials.

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