A Study Has Confirmed That We All Consume a Lot Of TV And Booze During The Early Days Of The COVID Epidemic Surprisingly, No One Was Surrounded
In the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, we consumed a lot of alcoholand TV contentin the initial days. (No judgments if youre still trying; the epidemic is still in full swing, unfortunately.)
As Deadline reports, scientists at UCLA decided to confirm what we knowand make us feel ashamed for the sloth-like habits weve developedby examining just what Americans were doing in the early days of COVID, as restaurants, entertainment venues, and many workplaces closed down. According to Dr. Liwei Chen, an associate professor of epidemiology at UCLA Fielding School and lead author of the study, which was published in the Swiss journal Nutrients on Tuesday: "Dr. Chen is an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Epidemiology and a professor in epidemilogy at California Field School."
While the amount of exercise time people completed decreased by 31 percent, their screen time increased by a whopping 60.4 percent. People consumed 23 percent more alcohol than they consumed before, and smoking increased by nine percent. The only positive trend was the decrease in fast food consumption: it dropped from 1.41 times per week to.96 (though shuttered businesses and income loss may have something to do with that number, which doesnt make it a great silver lining).
As the study looked at the early stages of the epidemic, Dr. Jian Li, a co-author of it who also works with the Fielding Schools Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, says more research is needed to determine whether these bad habits persisted as the pandemic continued, and whether individual's quality of life and health well-being are subsequently affected.
According to Deadline, Li concluded that it is clear that resources and support that may assist people maintain healthy lifestyles during the epidemic and afterwards, are urgently needed.