Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming election, people 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. 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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