The Third Coronavirus Lockdown Is Seeing a Rise in Levels of Anxiety and Bad Habits
Published On:February 08, 2021
Since the coronavirus pandemic started during England's third coronavirus lockdown, levels of anxiety, inactivity and unhealthy eating have risen to their highest point, one famous health app has found. Anxiety during the third lockdown has soared, particularly among women, according to the Evergreen Life app, on which about 800,000 users monitor their health and well-being, while also providing data to the government's Covid-19 monitoring project.
During the third lockout, nearly one in three participants in the regular surveys of the app, who usually receive more than 1,000 responses a day, reported feeling "overly-anxious" - almost double the rate seen last summer. Meanwhile, just over a quarter of respondents reported being excessively anxious in April of last year. Around the same time, the third lockout has seen Evergreen Life app users engage in fewer healthy activities and running less than in previous lockdowns.
Surveys showed that binge-drinking, unhealthy eating habits and people having less sleep have increased, while time spent on exercise has decreased. A total of 40 percent of users said they dedicated at least 30 minutes a week to exercise during the third lockdown, compared to 50 percent who said they did the same during the first lockdown in England.