I know what you’re thinking – and yes this is another COVID-19 post. The reality is that these days I don’t know anyone who isn’t affected by the global pandemic.
Almost 8 weeks into this COVID-19 Pandemic and I am still not so sure I fully I have my life-from-home, work-from-home, school-from-home, homeschooling life completely figured out. Forbes Magazine says that the reason why we may all be feeling more stress despite being able to work in our pajamas with our favorite coffee mug and Netflix-on-demand, is that we have in essence lost the control to “decide” whether we come into the office or work-from-home. While that may be true, it is also true that I might be completely Zoomed out. Anybody else feel alone in this together?
Before COVID-19, choice existed. Whether an office meeting was going to be zoomed or not, it all depended on who could or could not make a particular meeting and or whether distance was an issue. The option of taking classes online was a plus for me when deciding whether to go back to school for a Master’s degree because I have a small child. I certainly agree with Forbes that I still had the element of making a personal choice.
After COVID-19, Zoom has reported 200 million daily users within the past week, compared to 10 million in December. They have experienced a tremendous uptick of mentions on social media—along with WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts. KPIs must be through the roof!
According to a new study by the non-profit Ad Council, there were more than 101 million mentions of COVID-19 during March 31st-April 2nd. The report surveyed a 1,000 people of varying backgrounds and ages uncovering notable issues weighing on the minds of Americans. The Ad Council was also the group enlisted by the Federal Government to help coordinate the Coronavirus response via PSAs and multi-channel content. The #alonetogether campaign is also part of these mitigation efforts.
The study also reported key insights into how many Americans’ routines continue to experience disruption by this new normal of stay-at-home orders and social-distancing measures, as they are both highly critical in the race to flatten the virus’s curve.
Another key finding revealed that the vast majority of Americans (79 percent) say they’ve already been financially impacted “at least a little” by the current public health emergency, and nearly one in four report a “very large financial impact.” Meanwhile, people of color report a greater financial impact than those who identify as white or Caucasian. About 23 percent of white or Caucasian respondents report no financial impact to date, compared to 15% of non-white respondent.
– Washington Post
The study includes more on the age demographics, share of technology applications, and the unique responses to the economic, social, and mental-health challenges during COVID-19. See graphics and charts below:
Most surveyed Americans are also trying to remain positive: Feelings of gratitude (53 percent) and hope (38 percent) came through most in responses to the Ad Council survey. However, more than a third (36 percent) are also anxious and tired. Feeling aggressive and angry sat at the bottom of the list
No matter how hard this pandemic has hit, I am grateful we can still connect through technology and when life does go back some semblance of normalcy, I am optimistic that we will be more united and less alone.
If you’re able, join me in solidarity and respond to this post with the #alonetogether tag.