It’s been over a year now since the COVID-19 pandemic started and has grounded most of IT to remote work particularly software engineers/developers. Here’s a brief reflection by me!
The pandemic came in like a tsunami. We could slowly see it in the news that infections were starting to pop up here and there in the United States, but it didn’t feel real until we got confirmation that infections were here in Minnesota. When it was too late, the pandemic hit with full force and the effects for everyone was astounding.
For my wife and I, we were both told to work from home until further notice. Offices were closing and only essential employees that needed to be at those offices were permitted to enter them. For my wife, it was a new, unexplored change in her usual work routine. She had worked from home before, but to work from home for the foreseeable future, she felt relieved (to avoid traffic and exposure to the virus) but at the same time nervous. After more than a year, she’s gotten used to it now.
As for me, I’ve worked remotely for a previous employer so I got used to working from home as if it was second nature. For the foreseeable future for me, no news on returning to the office yet. With a baby coming this summer, working from home might be beneficial to both us.
Now that a large portion of adults in the United States all mostly vaccinated, places like theaters, stores, sports venues, concerts, etc. are all starting to come back to normal. Masks are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated, but my wife and I still wear them to help with allergies and other sickness. Maybe one day things will return to normal, but for now, I’m OK with the new normal too.