Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming presidential election, Americans are tuning into the news to hear the latest numbers on both, yet when it comes to COVID-19, there is another set of numbers that Americans should be aware of — the toll the virus has taken on our physical and mental health.
The lockdowns across the nation led people to be more sedentary, with a 32 percent reduction in physical activity — a step back considering America was already confronting a health crisis with over 70 percent of adults considered overweight or obese. In addition, a recent nationwide poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that more than half of U.S. adults — about 53 percent — say that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the pandemic. That number is a significant increase from the 32 percent who reported being similarly affected in March.
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