MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.,
May 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/
-- More than half (55%) of Americans have packed on some
pandemic pounds according to a healthinsurance.com national survey
of 1,000 U.S. adults. 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.
healthinsurance.com survey finds 55% gained weight during the
Everyone has dealt with pandemic life in
their own way, and it hasn't all been healthy. 55% report
gaining weight over the last year. 31% admit their alcohol
consumption increased during the pandemic, that's a 29%
increase from May 2020. However, all
the extra family time has been a silver lining 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 all of the current COVID-19 restrictions are
necessary to be kept in place. The outlook of COVID-19 disappearing
anytime soon was bleak. More than half (52%) think that
there is no cure for COVID-19. Two-in-ten (21%) say there is
a cure; that's a 53% decrease from the 45% that said
there was a cure in May of 2020. Similarly, consumer perceptions of
the COVID-19 vaccine have changed as well. 49% of the
respondents think that everyone should be required to get the
COVID-19 vaccine. That's a 23% decrease from the 64%
who said in May of 2020 that everyone should be required
Pandemic Impact On Jobs
The pandemic has left many
millions unemployed, and this survey is reflective of that.
38% of our respondents report currently being unemployed.
34% who are working, say they are struggling to work full
time while caring for their children; that's a
62% increase from one year ago. Half (50%)
are still working from home and liking it. One year ago,
37% said working from home stressed them out. This year, there
has been a 24% improvement with now only 28% saying
working from home stresses them out. 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.
COVID-19 Healthcare Checkup
COVID-19 has changed
consumers' perceptions and behavior especially when it comes to
healthcare. 54% say COVID-19 changed the way they look at
health care. 84% said they were happy/satisfied with their
health insurance during the pandemic. But, 41% still avoided
going to a hospital or doctor's office for a health problem other
than COVID-19 due to fear of contracting the illness; that number
remained unchanged from May 2020.
Tech Savvy Seniors
While consumers have embraced
technology during pandemic life, Seniors have become tech savvy.
43% know someone on Medicare who has used telemedicine
during the pandemic. That's an 87% increase from
May 2020. More than half (52%)
are now video chatting more with grandma and grandpa than before
the pandemic, and 33% more than just a year ago.
Survey snapshot results available here
For the entire healthinsurance.com survey results and
methodology click here
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted
online by Scott Rasmussen from
May 6-10, 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
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