Our economy and businesses have had an extremely rough ride since the first Covid-19 case was detected here on February 27 last year.
None of us could have imagined how our lives as individuals, consumers, employees and businesspeople would be affected.
And almost every single trend which has reshaped our lives in the past year - working from home, streaming movies instead of going to the cinema, being furloughed, doing more online shopping because so many shops are shut - is feeding into the long-term economic impact of Covid-19.
While we are encouraged by the vaccine roll-out, and cherishing the hope the present lockdown might be the last, it is dawning on us that things will never be the same again for working lives and business.
It has been estimated that our economy slumped by around 12% during the year due to Covid and the lockdowns introduced to cope with it, suffering more acutely than the UK as a whole with its still catastrophic 9.9% year-on-year fall in GDP.
During 2020, a record 11,000 redundancies were proposed here, and the claimant count of unemployed doubled between March and May to hit 65,200.
No sector of business escaped the effects of Covid-19 though, for some, the impact was harsher.
Some lucky and rare examples even managed to turn it to their advantage - but usually only where their core activity had been curtailed.
For example, Huhtamaki Delta in west Belfast joined up with Bloc Blinds in Magherafelt to make face shields. It had been hit by a downturn in demand for the packaging it makes for fast-food customers like McDonald's which had been forced in shut.
And in Strabane, GAA kit company O'Neills turned its hand to making scrubs and facemasks.
But not everyone has been in a position to pivot with grace - or even pivot at all.
Shops other than food stores, restaurants, cafes and bars have been unable to carry out full business for most of the year since the first lockdown announced in a chillingly memorable press conference by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23.
Pubs which serve drink but not food have barely been able to open at all since March. Even a landmark business like the Duke of York complex in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter decided it simply was not worth reopening again during the interlude in September and October when drink-only pubs were allowed to open.
We had already been feeling the effects of a coronavirus economic panic even before March 23.
The day Northern Ireland detected its first coronavirus case was also the day my first stories about the impact on business here were published.
Phillip Burns, a business development manager at Hamilton Shipping in Clarendon Dock in Belfast, related how its deliveries from China were being held up by lockdowns in China.
He said he has worked in shipping for 20 years but the coronavirus had had the worst impact of any public health crisis.
That same day, I reported on Rooney Fish in Kilkeel and how its usual orders from China for its oysters and crabs and been lost. Orders from France, Italy and Spain were also drying up as those countries, too, battled the virus.
Those stories marked the start of an unravelling of everyday life for business.
Many office-based companies decided to move to remote working to minimise the risk of workplace infection and employee illness. Some businesses brought staff back in late summer/early autumn but such returns were short-lived after infections started to rise again.
For the majority of firms, the experiment in home working has paid off with workforces adapting to new ways of working with software like Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
That has come at a huge cost, however, to the businesses like cafes, shops and pubs which depend on office workers popping in and out for trade. Of course, many have not been able to open for much of the year anyway - but even from July to October when they were allowed to open, office workers were still at home.
Many companies are still going to stick with hybrid working in future - one scenario is two days at home and three days in the office.
That is going to mean less money being spent in town and city centres, with a continued chill effect on all of those businesses which depend on office workers.
Office space requirements will shrink - though there are still many big firms, like the accountancy firm PwC, which is going ahead with moves to extensive new offices.
But other older office buildings which have outlived their purpose will be left vacant.
And if working from home took a bit of getting used to - what about not working at all but still getting paid most of your salary?
Much of the last year has meant something close to that for hundreds of thousands of people after the Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which first opened to companies in April last year.
That scheme involves the government paying 80% of the wages of someone who has not able to work because lockdown has shut down their place of work, or affected its activity.
At its height, the scheme was supporting nearly a quarter of a million jobs in Northern Ireland.
That fell steadily after the gradual reopening of the economy after July, to around 64,000 - before shooting right back up again to reach 95,000 after new restrictions from October onwards.
And it is far from the only form of business support over the last year.
A breakdown of the government help available runs to eight pages on nibusinessinfo.co.uk
Small businesses received £10,000 in grants, retail and hospitality businesses got £25,000, and firms have also had a break from the payment of rates, and deferrals for payment of Vat and other charges.
There have also been government-backed loans for business of all sizes, and special grants to cope with the restrictions in place from October, and the full lockdown we have had since December 26.
Without that government help, we would all be much worse off - and in the long term it will all have to be paid for, probably with higher taxes.
But the one area of the economy which pulled through with vigour is the housing market. Being forced to spend so much time at home working, home-schooling or watching TV - with all other forms of entertainment cut off - has led to many people prioritising having a better roof over their heads than before.
That has resulted in a 5.3% increase in the average house price over the year to £147,593.
And at 7,401 sales, the last few months of 2020 marked the busiest quarter for house sales since the housing boom of 2007.
It is certainly not what we expected at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic - but its unpredictability is the very thing which sets this economic crisis apart from any other.