As many U.S. businesses continue to open back up and lift mask restrictions, our latest HealthInsurance.com survey - which reached 1,000 adult Americans - measured topics like healthcare, self-care and returning to normalcy. Let’s walk through the highlights and top takeaways.
One year ago, our June 2020 survey uncovered that 48% of our respondents said that COVID-19 has changed the way they use healthcare. Now, 62% are saying that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way they use healthcare, signifying a 25% increase.
We also learned that 67% believe our healthcare system has gotten better since the pandemic began - a stark contrast to the 78% who felt that the U.S. healthcare system was either worse or unchanged due to the pandemic as of November 2020.
The pandemic has given many of us more free time to focus on health, fitness and self-care. In fact, 73% of our respondents say that their self-care has improved since the start of the pandemic, which is a 81% increase since June 2020.
Adding to that, 80% have paid more attention to their health since the pandemic began. This could be why we saw a notable increase in using wearables Apple Watches or FitBits during our June 2021 survey. Now, 52% of our respondents are using these types of wearables to monitor their health and movement.
But despite the emphasis on health and wellness, 51% are feeling like they need time off from work, revealing a 22% increase from our June 2020 survey. And 78% plan to travel this summer (which is likely the reason why 49% of respondents are dieting ahead of the summer season).
Returning back to normalcy was perhaps the most interesting topic we covered during our latest survey.
For example, 59% are hesitant to re-enter social routines, and 48% are still worried about contracting COVID-19. Yet, their behaviors don’t necessarily match their hesitant mindsets:
But protection and prevention are still on the minds of our respondents, with 80% saying they have received the COVID-19 vaccine and 77% still wearing masks in public.
The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from June, 2, 2021 to June 6, 2021. 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.