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65% of Americans say they developed healthy habits during the pandemic they intend to keep

New York: During stressful times, people tend to pick up habits to help them cope with difficult situations and emotions. The coronavirus pandemic was no exception to this rule.


According to a recent survey by ValuePenguin, over half of Americans picked up habits they are trying to kick before heading back to the office.

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Key findings:

  • 61% of Americans are trying to break unhealthy habits developed during the coronavirus pandemic. Namely, 30% cite too much screen time, 22% cite poor eating habits and 21% cite sleeping too much or too little.
  • Gen Zers and millennials are most impacted by unhealthy pandemic habits, especially related to work-life balance and substance abuse. 22% of Gen Zers cite poor work-life balance, while 20% of millennials cite alcohol struggles.
  • The good news is about two-thirds of Americans (65%) developed a healthy pandemic habit that they plan to continue. The most common habits consumers will continue are frequent hand-washing, staying connected with loved ones and remaining home when sick.
  • One habit that won’t stick: Less than half of Americans will wear face coverings post-pandemic, even while sick. In fact, 58% won’t wear a face covering while sick and 63% won’t in crowded areas.
  • The usage of hand sanitizer and cleaning agents — like disinfectant wipes — remains high. 52% of Americans are using hand sanitizer even more than they were a year ago, and 47% say the same about cleaning agents.

About, part of LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE), is a personal finance website that conducts in-depth research and provides objective analysis to help guide consumers to the best financial decisions. ValuePenguin focuses on value, assessing whether the return of a particular decision is worth the cost or risk of that option, and how this stacks up with the other possible choices they may have. Twitter @ValuePenguin.


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