MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans admitting to some pandemic life silver linings according to a healthinsurance.com national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults. From the 80% who have been more focused on their health to the 73% who have improved their self-care, there are some pandemic positives.
PANDEMIC LIFE SPOTLIGHT ON SELF-CARE
80% say they have been paying more attention to their health since the pandemic began; that's an 11% increase from June 2020. And 73% say their self-care has improved since the start of the pandemic, that's an 81% increase from the healthinsurance.com June 2020 survey. Respondents are more self aware and acting on it. Last month, 55% say they have packed on some "pandemic pounds", and now 49% say they are dieting for this summer season. The past 15 months of pandemic life have also taken a toll. 51% feel like they need some time off from work, that's a 22% increase from this time last year. Those surveyed are acting on that need for a break with 78% planning to travel this summer.
80% of the respondents of this survey received the COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 48% are still worried about contracting COVID-19 even though they are vaccinated. 77% are still wearing a mask in public. 59% have hesitations about re-entering more normal social routines. Those hesitations aren't preventing them from trying though; 54% have visited a shopping mall; 59% have resumed going to restaurants and or bars; 38% have resumed travel; 58% have started going to other people's houses; 60% feel comfortable resuming travel for work.
67% believe the U.S. healthcare system has improved since the pandemic began. 62% say COVID-19 has changed the way they use healthcare; a 25% increase from June 2020. That change can most likely be attributed to rapid adoption and 422% increase in telemedicine since March 2020. Some demographics have been more enthusiastic about these new options. 72% of men and 74% of 18-34 year olds say COVID-19 has changed the way they use healthcare. In fact, 81% of men say they will continue to use telemedicine. How consumers are monitoring their health is also changing. 52% are using wearables like a FitBit or an Apple Watch; that's a 24% increase from this time last year.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from June 2-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation's population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. Margin of Sampling Error: +/- 3.1 percentage points (for full sample)
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