From social distancing and face masks to economic downturns and everything in between, 2020 has certainly been a year for the history books. But before we say goodbye to 2020, we turned to the public to find out how Coronavirus has impacted their families, finances, and outlook on healthcare.
COVID-19 has had a major impact on our day-to-day lives, which has undoubtedly caused tension in some of our relations. In fact, our December survey found that nearly 50% of respondents cite COVID-19 as the cause for tension in their families.
But with the holidays coming up, many people may want to get back to some level of normalcy. So it’s understandable that 65% of participants from our December survey still plan to spend Christmas with their families. And for about one-quarter of our respondents, this could mean complying with their family’s request to get COVID-19 tests before spending the holidays together.
While some people are willing to connect with family during the holidays, many are eager to put this year behind them. Businessinsurance.com shared results from our survey, which found that 89% of respondents are ready to say goodbye to 2020.
But as we approach 2021, most of our survey participants don’t expect immediate change after COVID-19. In fact, more than half of our respondents think it will take a year or more before life returns to normal - a finding that was also featured in Paper News Network.
Paper News Network also reported that 56% of our December survey participants will still worry about Coronavirus even after a vaccine becomes available. Yet, a whopping 93% of respondents think the COVID-19 vaccine should be free for everyone.
Another area of concern is the cost of Coronavirus treatment. According to our survey results featured in The Ritz Herald, roughly three-quarters of our respondents are afraid of contracting COVID-19 due to treatment costs.
As the 2021 enrollment periods come to a close in December, we were curious to see what health insurance changes people have made so far. MediaBrief featured our survey results, reporting that 38% of our respondents changed their health plan during OEP, while 20% increased their health coverage due to COVID-19.
Some of that change involves the increase in telemedicine usage during the pandemic as highlighted in our Forbes news story.
In December, 47% of our survey respondents report using telemedicine during COVID-19 - an increase from 31% in our May survey.
This tells us that virtual healthcare options like telemedicine are here to stay as we head into 2021.