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What is the biggest change to your life that was brought about by the COVID pandemic during the past three years?

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bought a house and started doing BBQs in the garden or drinking at home instead of going out.

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My life changed by not being around a lot of people. I realized that I never really liked being around a lot of them anyway.

Nothing much in nature or the world is annoying. It’s people that are annoying.

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Our home-body lifestyle has become "socially acceptable". Now when we are invited out and say no, we don't need to figure out some excuse. No is sufficient.

Additionally, our gasoline costs have dropped hugely. For example, yesterday was the first time in 2023 that we filled up our tank since Xmas week.

Nobody in our house has gotten COVID all this time, though some of our extended family (3-8 states away) seems to get a new variant every quarter.

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I was always kind of a homebody so staying home was never a problem for me…; sure, the feeling of being stuck at home is completely different but there were some periods in my life where I’d just stay home, day after day, week after week… so, in a way, I was ready…; I’d like to say that I’m aware of the suffering of those who were not able to handle this the same way I did…; mental health is extremely important and I wish you all the best of luck…; I think there’s two things for me: 1) masks…: probably, that was the biggest change in my life…; and 2) this isn’t exactly a change (more like a wasted opportunity/our time here is precious/we could’ve created beautiful memories and supported each other in some difficult moments) but, not being able to meet my family…; I’m sure that we all have that one in common.

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Covid hasn’t changed life so much, but current hyper inflation suddenly really does. That’s the real life killer, silent and very effective.

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The biggest change for me was to realize that when the do-do hits the fan....democracy is dead and the media and big pharma are in bed with the governments, and when push comes to shove all your rights are gone and 'They' slap Mandates on you !

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My life changed by not being around a lot of people. I realized that I never really liked being around a lot of them anyway.

I was there already (!), so Covid meant not being able to do a lot of things I wasn't doing anyway. It just meant I didn't have to feel shame about them.

Our eldest was in a school dorm throughout Covid and was basically stuck in a tiny room on her own with no-one allowed in. The common room etc. was closed the entire time and all meals were in silence. Covid meant more rules for sempai to enforce on kohai, so I imagine it was pretty grim. Its a year earlier than we'd have liked, but she's left that dorm and now lives in a studio apartment.

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None serious. Covid happened during my post-cancer op, so I needed to remain indoors anyway. The biggest change was eating in restaurants with masks and screens.

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japancatToday  10:58 am JST

The biggest change for me was to realize that when the do-do hits the fan....democracy is dead and the media and big pharma are in bed with the governments, and when push comes to shove all your rights are gone and 'They' slap Mandates on you !"

Indeed, brings to mind the Clash song, Know Your Rights.

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In Japan, we had no covid mandates.

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My beautiful, healthy 18 year old son was injured by the vaccination and now has Parkinson's like tremors

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The realisation that Japan could never be home despite my decades of association and family here; that the people are suspicious of me as a disease carrier and the government was willing to stop me getting back.

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Covid helped to destroy a long term long distance relationship... I've also only recently started to use public transport for my working from the office days... and I wear a mask. Too much coughing, sneezing and snorting on the bus for my liking. Never used to bother me - no I'm scared of catching some virulent form of the virus.

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I couldn't travel to Japan to see friends and their children. Emails, old-fashioned letters and photos just aren't the same.

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The realisation that Japan could never be home despite my decades of association and family here

I have an elderly mother and thankfully she didn't get injured or seriously ill during the main pandemic. It would have meant leaving the country and probably not getting back in. It sounded like the permission was for funerals only.

The word "heiwa boke" is usually used to describe Japanese naivity and wishful thinking in the face of low crime etc. in Japan. However, permanent residents, myself included, are probably also guiity of heiwa boke regarding how secure our actual status is in Japan. The glimpse we saw during Covid was not pretty.

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I learnt to never trust the msm, the governments or big pharma, also to never underestimate what fear can do to the common sense of people.

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It was a change to my life, brought about by covid, so I have no idea why people should regard it with such scepticism. Was I supposed to believe, despite all the covert and overt discrimination against foreigners, personal and institutional, that I could be unaffected by that? Who doesn't want to believe this? Maybe people have forgotten how it was.

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Lost contact with friends and some are still paranoic about meeting people.

Lost jobs and made me change careers.

Inflation is hitting hard.

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Unable to travel home to visit family, and vice-versa. This was hard, as my parents are aging and never sure how long they'll be around, especially Dad.

Also the pointless restrictions on business and social life that were clearly unnecessary. This was obvious when we saw the people who made the rules flouting them when they thought the cameras were off, and brazenly lying about the safety and effectiveness of certain treatments.

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I have come to realize that I must seek out my own information as I realized that governments, agencies, and the MSM have become completely captured.

Geeter, I am very sorry about your son. I hope he'll recover fully. You might want to have a look at the FLCCC, they offer some treatment options.

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Presumption of online

Finding governments discover actual potentials of their power, using it, then abusing it., plus people experiencing it. Take a generation for that to settle down
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I have come to realize that I must seek out my own information as I realized that governments, agencies, and the MSM have become completely captured.

Uf the governments, agencies and MSM only repeat what the scientific community of the world are saying they are not the ones being captured, that would be the case for the irrational position that represents believing the world must be in a conspiracy when something you would consider unnaceptable is being proved.

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Covid restriction in my area were not enforce. The only restriction was I had to put on a mask when going into town. My town population is 7000 which I live 30 km away in a beach village of a population of 60 during covid. I would still go fish, ride my bike, hunt and visit my daughter and her family as before covid. I was a loner before Covid and still a loner after. so really covid did not change my lifestyle except the wearing of masks when in town. 3 months Prior to Covid I live in Japan for 10 years and when the flu arrived My partner and I would don masks so not to get sick when out and about. So Covid did not interrupt my lifestyle where I lived.

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Covid has made my health take a big decline. Even now I feel in bad shape which influences my job choices and personal life. Still struggling with sleep disorder and some mental issues.

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Saving money and investing more!

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Wife and kids home far too much.

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Forced overtime working from home cause health issues for me since your expected to be online 24/7 and glad i left that job before it killed me. Talking 15 -16 hours a day.

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What changed is my understanding of how deeply corrupted are our governments, and the reinforcement of my understanding of how Big Pharma controls America. Has anyone in Japan noticed that during the worst parts of the pandemic, deaths in Japan fell to 22,000 fewer than 2019, but today, after getting some 80% of the population vaccinated, excess deaths are now more than 20% over what they should be?

How can it be that in 2020 when fewer people than normal were dying that the government enacted preventative measures on a massive scale, yet today, when we have seen 200,000 excess non-COVID deaths over the last 2 years, the government is doing nothing at all?

My distrust of the media was also reinforced when they deleted or edited any post, or banned any poster who said vaccines didn’t stop the transmission of COVID, which was astonishing because the nomenclature which was released with the vaccines said very clearly “May not stop the transmission of the novel coronavirus.”

What a lot of people have learned is the economic consequences of state “aid.” America added some 40% to its money supply to fund pandemic relief programs, causing inflation on a massive scale, and for every dollar spent on aid, far more than a dollar in value will be lost. The economic harm of the government response to COVID is becoming worse than if they had done nothing at all.

I also learned that the CDC are incapable of telling the truth. More than a year ago, the UK was forced to admit that instead of the 155,000 COVID deaths screamed about in the headlines, only 12,000 people, average age, 82, died directly from COVID. Rachel Walensky promised that the CDC would soon release their data on how many Americans died “from” COVID as opposed to “with” the virus. 17 months later, this information still hasn’t been released.

Another thing I have learned is that “science” has nothing to do with data or facts, and can be bent or twisted to support whatever policy or ideology the state wishes to push.

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I realised how dangerous it is to give too many people too much time to think for themselves without the education to accompany that.

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What a lot of people have learned is the economic consequences of state “aid.” America added some 40% to its money supply to fund pandemic relief programs, causing inflation on a massive scale, and for every dollar spent on aid, far more than a dollar in value will be lost. 

Nonsense. The government expenditure wasn't newly printed money, it was browed via bonds like always. And it didn't go directly into cash. Even still, with a 23 trillion dollar economy, the pandemic spending was miniscule.

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I learned how powerful "fear" is. The government and media sold fear like no other and people are still buying it. It is so very sad to see.

Well said, and this led to many acting irrationally.

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MoonrakerToday  06:15 am JST

I realised how dangerous it is to give too many people too much time to think for themselves without the education to accompany that.

You clearly lack a sense of irony.

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I realised how dangerous it is to give too many people too much time to think for themselves without the education to accompany that

Oh, yes.

Quite a few went down the same rabbit holes.

Easily led people.

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