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4 OUT OF 5 GREEKS REPORT SAME HEALTH STATUS AFTER ONE YEAR OF THE PANDEMIC, BUT 60% SAY THEIR DAILY LIFE HAS BECOME WORSE

According to the latest Focus Bari Survey on the current life status of Greeks versus one year ago, it is found that

  • Three out of five Greeks (60%) report their daily life to be worse than one year ago, before the pandemic conditions, while less than one out of three (29%) say their daily life has not changed, and slightly over one in ten (11%) claim their daily life to be better nowadays, as compared to one year ago.
  • Daily life has become worse after one year of coronovirus for men more than women, for younger ages versus the older ones, and for Attica and Salonica as compared to the rest of Greece.
  • Among the considerable proportion (60%) who say their daily life has become worse, the main reasons are the lack of environment change (82%), the fact that they are fed up being continuously dressed in pajamas, jumbsuits and sports shoes (42% among all and 52% among women), and they have difficulty in keeping a balanced daily schedule (37%).
  • Also, for those who work remotely, their daily life has been worse because working from home makes it difficult for them to put boundaries between their personal and professional time, and the fact that they cannot focus on their work because of the house working conditions, and this makes them work longer hours.
  • On the other hand, the few Greeks who report a better daily life today versus one year ago, say so because they feel calmer/have less stress, they have more time to themselves, they devote no time in transportation in heavy traffic, they dress simpler and devote much less time in taking care of their appearance, and they have a better daily schedule!
  • Luckily, after one year of coronavirus, the vast majority (78%) of Greeks report their health status to be the same as one year ago before the start of the pandemic, while only 14% say their health is currently worse, but also, an 8% say their health has got better!
  • For those few who report a better health status than last year, the reasons are that they eat more healthily/cook at home, they exercise regularly/have adopted new/healthy daily habits, they sleep more/better and feel less stress as compared to one year ago, before the pandemic conditions were imposed.
  • On the other hand, for those whose health has become worse, the main reasons are exactly the opposite: they have gained weight/have been overeating, they don’t exercise, they don’t sleep well and they feel depressed, lonely or stressed and anxious.
  • Finally, it is noted that slightly over one out of three Greeks have started or increased at least one of a set of “not so healthy” habits during the pandemic year, these ranging from increased smoking cigarettes/electronic/substitutes to drinking alcohol, betting, overdoses of food supplements, etc.

You can find the whole presentation here