THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
A survey has found that in spite of the challenges posed by Covid-19, the pandemic could be encouraging more Americans to take long term decisions to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
The Healthy Now poll, conducted by Parade Media and the Cleveland Clinic, found that Americans aged between 18 and 34 were most likely to be adopting new, healthier approaches to life. 62% of all respondents said they'd adopted a "healthy lifestyle change" since the pandemic began, with 34% saying they're eating more healthily, and 68% paying more attention to risk factors for health conditions such as diseases, mental health and lung issues. 26% of respondents also said they were more likely to get a flu jab this year compared to 2019.
The poll also found that 78% of all respondents agreed that quarantine had made them value their relationships, while 65% said the pandemic has made them reevaluate how they spend their time.
Discussing the results, Kristin Englund, M.D., an infectious disease physician at Cleveland Clinic, said that "In a time when we need to be able to focus in on keeping ourselves as healthy as we can, we must not skip preventive visits to our healthcare providers. When we miss early signs of disease, we allow it to grow into a serious or even life-threatening illnesses ... We cannot let fear of one disease keep us from doing what we need to do to stay healthy."
However, despite these trends towards more healthy living, the study also highlighted an ongoing concern over the mental health of the nation. 55% of all respondents reported experiencing mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress and loneliness, since the pandemic started. 41% also responded to the survey saying they were "so overwhelmed by information on the pandemic that they've stopped paying attention".
To see the full results of the survey, go to parade.com/normal