A Year of Life During COVID-19

It’s hard to believe that, in the United States, nearly every community had fallen under some sort of stay-in-place order just one year ago. For some the time has flown, for some, it has seemed never-ending, but it has had an impact on all of our lives.
Embee conducted a survey about the various impacts that COVID-19 has had on individuals’ lives last week, and more than 2000 members of its panel participated. We’ve created the following infographic showcasing some of the highlights of what we learned. Here’s how it breaks down.

Infographic highlighting graphically some findings from teh COVID survey

Women Bore the Brunt – With More Negative Impact on Physical Health & Mental Well-Being

The pandemic has been a negative influence on health habits, physical condition and mental health, particularly for females. Physical health worsened for older age groups, but mental health worsened the most for younger age groups. Overall:

  • 37% say their sleep has worsened and only 10% say it has improved; this is most pronounced in women
  • 41% say they are exercising less and only 17% say they are exercising more, with the difference most pronounced in women and those in older age groups
  • 36% say they have been ordering more take-out with only 19% saying they’ve been ordering it less. This is more true of younger age groups
  • 38% say they have gained weight (most pronounced with women and those in older age groups) with only 20% saying they have lost weight
  • 39% are more concerned about their mental health, with only 11% becoming less concerned. Females were substantially more likely to be more concerned, as are younger age groups
  • 16% say they have consumed more alcohol with 19% saying they have consumed less. This sobriety trend increases with age

Relationships Have Become More Difficult

While relationships have become more difficult for everyone – from what’s happening at home to friendships – once again it’s women who have felt this this most:

  • 22% say their relationships with their household have deteriorated, and only 13% saying they have improved. This is particularly visible in middle age groups.
  • 7% more men said relationships in the household had worsened than those that said it had improved, but this was 11% for women
  • 24% say their relationships with friends have got worse, with only 12% saying they have got better. This is seen in every demographic segment we looked at.
  • 10% more men say their friendships have suffered as a result of the pandemic than had improved, while a net 14% of women feel this impact on their friendships

The Silver Lining – Eat, Travel, Love

There are a few silver linings that have come from our year of COVID-19 though, and they are:

  • 42% of men say they’ve become better at cooking
  • 38% have managed to take a vacation (though not all have followed mask and social distance protocols)
  • 13% managed to find love and started new relationships (time will tell if this is prolonged)
  • And 10% went retro, taking advantage of Drive-In Movie Theatres. This was primarily younger generations versus older ones looking to recapture youthful memories

Only time will tell if our health, relationships, and more can recover from what has been a tough and very strange year, so here’s looking toward better numbers in 2022.