Despite the changes the COVID-19 lockdown has created, 32% of people worldwide participating in a recent survey plan to be more optimistic about the future and 18% plan to be more environmentally conscious.
The travel sector remains a challenge, along with routine healthcare visits for regular checkups, although many doctors and dentists are taking extraordinary measures to keep patients safe.
The biweekly Toluna and Harris Interactive COVID-19 Barometer taps a community panel of more than 30 million members to provide information on global perceptions regarding COVID-19.
The latest research, which surveyed 1,055 Americans, found that 34% of Americans have avoided seeing their doctor during the pandemic due to fear of catching COVID-19.
Fifty-four percent of Americans are worried about a second wave, the research found, and 40% believe personal health will become a bigger concern as a result of the pandemic.
COVID-19 has also forced many U.S. and UK residents to rethink their finances and save money “for a rainy day” to prepare for unexpected events, as forty-five percent of UK residents pointed to lockdown measures introduced to slow the spread of the disease.
Thirty-four percent of Americans are looking to review their savings, while about 22% want to review their investments, 17% want to re-examine their insurance policies, and 16% want to re-evaluate where to bank.
To better prepare for future downturns:
Americans have become more comfortable with staycations than traveling overseas. In the next two months:
Americans are cautious about spending a lot of money in the near future, but do feel more optimistic and environmentally conscious. In the next two months: