One in two Americans say COVID-19 has changed how they use healthcare

June 16, 2020

COVID-19 is changing American consumer behavior. A recent consumer pulse survey finds that 48% have changed the way they use healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In fact, 72% of those surveyed have started paying more attention to their health since the pandemic began. In addition, one-third said their self-care improved since working from home.

While more Americans may be taking better care of themselves, the fear of COVID-19 is still prominent. More than half of those surveyed say they won't stop worrying about contracting COVID-19 until there is a vaccine, while 84% think there will be a second wave of COVID-19 in the United States.

In terms of work, 66% felt that everyone should have to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to their jobs. And in terms of play, more than half of respondents have had to cancel a vacation, with 66% not planning on rescheduling the vacation.

However, four in 10 still plan to take time off this summer, despite the fact that many have had to work from home. And they aren't apologizing for it: 34% say they don't feel guilty asking their employer for the time off.

The survey also showed that Americans continue to take an economic hit from COVID-19: six in 10 respondents don't have enough money saved to cover medical bills if they were to contact COVID-19, while four in 10 report that they struggle to pay their regular monthly bills.

Given the current state of our country, the overall mood of many Americans is disheartening: A combined 78% of respondents feel angry, frustrated, sad or depressed - a real testament to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic mixed with nationwide protests. Yet, one in 4 admit to not talking to anyone about their mental health. has the report.

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