The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of the vast majority around the globe in multiple ways. Not only has it caused a lot of problems but also changed what is considered to be a ‘normal’ day in the life. Many have adjusted accordingly while others are still struggling to do so. In this procedure, people with existent medical conditions are reportedly experiencing a lot of difficulties.
According to the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the after-effects and complications in a coronavirus case cannot be predicted and any person can have a severe infection even if he or she is overall healthy and has no other health conditions.
However, at the same time, it also states that the chances of having more complications and severe symptoms are higher in certain people such as the older adults of people over sixty-five age groups and those who have underlying medical issues.
Therefore, such people are advised to take extra precautions and be more careful than others. Consequently, most have indeed followed the recommendations and stayed home. For example, older adults are taking coronavirus restrictions and dangers more seriously than young adults to this date as reported by the CDC.
In addition, the CDC has also released another report regarding the change in trends of diet across the US, especially among people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Although the diets have been changing slowly prior to the spread of coronavirus, the pandemic may have played a role in making people switch to new diets.
The coronavirus fear has not only made people stay at their homes but also worry about their existent medical issues since many are experiencing worsened health due to staying at home and disruption in their usual routines for the management of their disease.
For example, during the complete lockdown period, all businesses including gyms and fitness spaces had been shut down as well. Many people were stuck at home and did not have the facilities or space to exercise and continue their routines.
So, they could have lost progress over their health condition and gained weight, which, in turn, worsened their health. Switching to a healthier diet can make up for the lost progress as well as prevent the health from deteriorating further.
In accordance with the CDC report, the majority of the people in the US have diet-related chronic health conditions, which is why a change in the trends makes sense, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
The report not only showed that the percentage of people on specific diets increased but also that most of the people who were on special diets were adults over the age of forty and women.
Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other diet-related chronic diseases have increased significantly in the US in the past decade. Without effective control strategies, these issues are bound to become epidemics and lead to a higher number of deaths. The change in diet patterns shows that there may finally be some improvement.