7 surprising COVID-19 trends

This past year has been a long one. So many trends developed, took hold and then petered out that it was difficult to keep up with them all. From home-baking trends to Instagram yoga classes, to South Korean coffee, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to look at seven surprising trends that happened during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zoom quizzes

With everything making the move online, it wasn’t surprising when local pubs started bringing their pub quizzes online too, but it wasn’t just pubs. Everyone from colleagues to whole extended families seemed to be partaking in weekly quizzes, testing each other’s knowledge and sometimes even insisting on fancy dress. Though we’re all excited to head back to the in-person pub quiz at our local, after taking a Healgen Antigen test from Handstations.co.uk for added insurance, there’s no denying the fun we all had in our family Zoom quizzes.

Online theatre

We got the opportunity to attend the theatre from our living rooms during lockdown! From replayed productions and live, multi-camera shows, to monologues about life in lockdown and interactive plays, this more accessible version of theatre kept us entertained throughout lockdown, and perhaps, away from Netflix for an hour or two!

Online workouts

And it wasn’t just the theatre that moved online: with everything from beginner’s cardio to intense muscle building, personal trainers moved their classes online and began encouraging the masses to workout. With the Instagram Live feature, it seemed every yoga teacher, personal trainer and exercise enthusiast was holding live, online classes to keep us moving as we were confined to our homes.

Dalgona coffee

While Instagram was the centre for lots of macro-trends, it was also home to a whole bunch of very specific crazes. One of the biggest was an almost inverted and iced cappuccino, made with instant coffee and originating in South Korea. The Dalgona coffee made the rounds on Instagram, Tik Tok and many other social media sites, and for a few weeks it seemed everyone was making them. From how-to videos to aesthetics shots, Dalgona coffee was possibly only beaten it’s trendiness by banana bread…

Banana bread

Unless you’ve been living off-grid in a cave somewhere without internet access, you’ll have heard of banana bread this year. While supermarkets ran out of flour, the people of the internet began making banana bread like it was going out of fashion. With recipes for healthy versions, versions with other fruit, some topped with nuts and many more, the possibilities were endless. By the end of lockdown, the entire British public were experts in banana bread.

DIY spa treatments

With beauty salons closed and time to relax, online searches for DIY face mask recipes shot up. Articles on homemade spa treatments popped up everywhere and soon we were all rubbing banana (if we hadn’t already baked it into bread), honey and oat face masks into our skin in the hopes of achieving that glow.

At-home haircuts

Lastly, and much to the chagrin of hairdresser nationwide, after months of not being able to get a proper haircut, many of us took the kitchen shears to our manes and hacked away. Though most were just trims, some went so far as to fully shave their heads, hoping that by the time it grew back they could get it cut professionally. It’s fair to say, hairdressers are probably thanking the heavens for tests like the Healgen rapid Antigen test for allowing clients back into their chairs and an end to at-home haircuts.

It’s been a strange old year and with it came a few strange trends. Though some may be here to stay, quite a number will go down in history as another peculiar craze in the most peculiar of years.

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