New Survey Shows Nearly Half Of Americans Skipped Medical Care During The COVID-19 Pandemic And One In Four Are Hungry Or Visiting A Food Bank
- Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll surveyed 1,189 American adults between May 13 and 18
- 48 percent of respondents said they or someone in their household has delayed medical treatment; 39 percent say they struggle with stress
- A quarter said they have skipped a meal or visited a food bank since the crisis in March
- The results suggest that the side effects of those staying at home can be just as harmful as COVID-19 itself
- More than 1.7 million Americans have tested positive for the coronaivurs, and at least 100,000 have died
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A new survey shows that nearly half of all Americans have skipped or postponed medical care because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearly a quarter of the population has been starving or visiting a food bank since the outbreak began.
The last Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, released Wednesday, surveyed 1,189 American adults between May 13 and 18 to discover how the nation’s health habits have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent home orders imposed in much of the country.
The study finds that huge numbers of Americans are postponing doctors’ appointments, struggling with stress and struggling with financial insecurity – suggesting that the side effects of those staying at home could be just as damaging as the virus itself.
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest Health Tracking Poll, released Wednesday, surveyed 1,189 U.S. adults between May 13 and 18 to discover how the nation’s health habits have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. One in four Americans have visited a food bank in the three months since February, went hungry, or relied on government programs to eat
Medical experts have expressed concern that many Americans are now reluctant to visit doctors and hospitals for fear of exposing themselves to COVID-19
48 percent of those who responded to The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll said they or someone in their household postponed or skipped medical care because of the outbreak.
Worryingly, 11 percent of them claimed that their condition has worsened due to treatment avoidance.
Since March, medical experts have expressed concern that many Americans are now reluctant to visit doctors and hospitals for fear of exposing themselves to COVID-19. Some say it can cause a second health crisis as many chronic illnesses may go undiagnosed and untreated.
Meanwhile, the poll also reveals that more than a third of Americans are struggling with stress and worry from the coronavirus pandemic that has negatively impacted their mental health.
12 percent of respondents said the pandemic had a “major” impact on their mental health. Women were more likely to struggle with their well-being than men in the middle of the crisis.
Meanwhile, the poll also reveals that more than a third of Americans are struggling with stress and worry from the coronavirus pandemic. Much of the stress is due to changes in financial situations due to widespread lockdowns
One in four respondents reported skipping meals, visiting a food bank, or receiving government money to buy supplies in the three months since February
Meanwhile, there has also been an increase in the number of Americans who are starving in the three months since the coronavirus outbreak brought the country to a halt.
14 percent of all respondents admitted that they made their meals smaller to save food – or skipped eating altogether.
13 percent visited a food bank or charity and 13 percent asked or received SNAP benefits for grocery shopping.
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll, food insecurity was more likely to affect black and Hispanic Americans.
As many as 45 percent of black respondents said they now skip meals or rely on charities or government programs to obtain food. Only 10 percent did this before the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly four in ten (38 percent) of Spanish respondents reported the same, while the number was much lower for whites (18 percent).
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll, food insecurity more often affected black and Hispanic Americans