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Published: Jul 28, 2021 6 min read

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Companies that benefited from stay-at-home orders have seen huge gains since March of 2020. But as offices reopen and we head back out into the world, it’s time to figure out what to do with all those “pandemic stocks.”

In just one example, Zoom started off last year around $70 per share and now sits around $370. Vaccine producers also took off — Moderna was just $20 before the pandemic hit the U.S. and is now over $300.

Just because the pandemic cloud appears to slowly be lifting, you shouldn’t necessarily drop all the COVID-19 stocks. For one, the highly contagious Delta variant underscores the fact that the coronavirus hasn't gone away. And even when it eventually does, some of the changes the pandemic has wrought — or accelerated — might be here to stay.

“Make sure you have a portfolio that would benefit if trends have changed because of the pandemic,” says Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research in New York City.