How the Pandemic has Affected Life

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More than half (55%) of Americans have packed on some pandemic pounds according to a national survey. Pandemic life left many stressed, drinking more alcohol, gaining weight, and in need of a break. The one thing nearly a majority can agree on – they are ready for summer vacay. 45% say they are for sure taking a summer vacation, while an additional 20% want to, but haven’t booked it yet.

Pandemic Life
Everyone has dealt with pandemic life in their own way, and it hasn’t all been health-related. 55% report gaining weight over the last year. 31% admit their alcohol consumption increased during the pandemic, up from 29% in May 2020. However, all the extra family time has been a positive aspect for some relationships. 32% say their relationship with their spouse or partner is better now than before the pandemic.

Life in The “New Normal”
Half (51%) of the respondents said that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over. While 38% report having resumed “normal life,” 64% think that current COVID-19 restrictions should be kept in place.

52% of respondents think that there is no cure for COVID-19. 21% say there is a cure, down from 45% in May of 2020. Similarly, consumer perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccine have changed. 49% of the respondents think that everyone should be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, down from 64% a year ago.

Pandemic Impact on Jobs
The pandemic has left many millions unemployed. 38% of respondents report currently being unemployed. 34% who are working, say they are struggling to work full time while caring for their children. 50% are still working from home and liking it. Only 28% saying working from home stresses them out, down from 37% a year ago. 44% would think twice about switching jobs right now because of health insurance. But that’s not stopping the 27% who said they are actively looking for a new job.

Tech Savvy Seniors
Seniors have become more tech-savvy. 43% know someone on Medicare who has used telemedicine during the pandemic. 52% of families are now video chatting more with Grandma and Grandpa than before the pandemic.

Edited by Maryssa Gordon, Senior Editor, Price of Business Digital Network

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