Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:56 PM
The Consumer Technology Association (www.cta.tech) (CTA) has begun tracking consumer usage and purchases across technology categories, including online services and devices, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization’s new weekly tracker
monitors U.S. household use and purchases of tech including online services and devices, during COVID-19 outbreak.
According to the first week of the CTA survey, which was fielded from March 27 to 29:
Two-thirds of U.S. households (66 percent) used a streaming/download service—such as video, gaming or music services—to stay entertained.
Monday, April 6, 2020 12:46 PM
MM&M, a website and magazine that covers medical marketing and media in the pharmaceutical industry, just published an interesting infographic
that examines the demographics of health podcast listeners. According to MM&M’s analysis, more than a quarter of podcast listeners (26.0 percent) say they’re interested in registering for a health-related podcast. That puts them eighth in terms of popularity list, after history and science and just ahead of the business, arts and sports formats.
Friday, April 3, 2020 11:55 AM
NEW YORK—New research suggests that airline travel could be slow to recover from the coronavirus outbreak. A targeted study by Upgraded Points, a travel points and rewards firm, asked questions to airline travelers about the recent global pandemic and their travel plans.
“The airline industry is in a great deal of trouble again,” Upgraded Points founder Alex Miller said in a statement. “They’ve certainly seen their share of difficulty over the years; after 9/11, during the 2008 economic downturn, [and others]. But this is probably the worst crisis the industry has ever faced.”
Overall, the majority of Americans who responded to the survey said their biggest traveling concern was the COVID-19 virus. But the study broke that question down into a variety of other specific concerns to help reveal the nuanced complexities around the topic. When asked what worried them most—contracting the virus personally or passing it on to others—the majority of Americans responded they were most concerned about contracting the virus themselves.
But 32 percent of those asked did express concerns about passing the disease on to others, while still others expressed concern about becoming part of overall community spread.
Read the results of the full survey here
Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:17 PM
According to tracking by the Johns Hopkins University, the total number of people infected with the coronavirus currently stands at just under 963,000. The cumulative number of cases in the U.S. has reached nearly 217,000—making the country the number one coronavirus hot spot. In contrast to China and South Korea which have had a lot of success in reducing their new case counts. Outbreaks in Europe are proving extremely worrying and Italy and Spain have passed 100,000 confirmed cases each. Germany’s outbreak has now reached approximately 81,000 cases.
This chart from Statista.com
reflects figures as of April 2, 2020 at 7:40 a.m. EST.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:55 AM
According to the 2020 Technology Vision Consumer Survey
conducted by Accenture, 52 percent of consumers say that technology plays a prominent role or is ingrained into almost all aspects of their day-to-day lives. In fact, 19 percent report that technology is so intertwined with their lives that they view it as an extension of themselves. Accenture found that globally, people spend an average of 6.4 hours online daily. They are post-digital.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:48 AM
An estimated one in six women experience complications associated with their pregnancy, including vision-related issues ranging from mild discomfort to vision loss, according to an newly released statistical analysis by United Healthcare
To support the eye health and overall well-being of expectant and new moms, UHC has introduced a new benefit program to support the eye health and overall well-being of expectant and new moms, helping expand access to recommended vision care before and after delivery.
Monday, March 30, 2020 3:58 PM
As a significant part of the world population is currently on lockdown
in an attempt to contain the coronavirus pandemic
, people are turning to technology to work, communicate and stay in touch with their loved ones. Unsurprisingly, workplace communication tools such as Slack and Teams
have seen a jump in usage as working from home has become the new norm in recent weeks. People are also making use of similar tools in their personal lives, however, leading to a spike in downloads of video chat apps.
According to Priori Data
, global downloads of Skype, Houseparty and Zoom each surged by more than 100 percent in March, with the latter proving particularly popular among people meeting up virtually while being confined to their homes. The videoconferencing app was downloaded nearly 27 million times this month, up from just 2.1 million times in January.
to read the full story from Statista.com.
Friday, March 27, 2020 9:29 AM
NEW YORK—As coronavirus cases increase across the United States, 70 percent of Americans say the COVID-19 outbreak poses a major threat to the U.S. economy and 47 percent say it is a major threat to overall health across the nation, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
But, so far, Americans are less concerned about how the new coronavirus is affecting their health, finances and local communities. Only 27 percent said in their responses that the coronavirus is a major threat to their personal health, while 51 percent said it is a minor threat, and only 22 percent said the coronavirus does not threaten their personal health, according to the findings of the Pew Research Center survey, as noted here
“Underscoring the rapidly changing nature of this crisis, the shares of Americans who say the COVID-19 outbreak is a major threat to the economy and other aspects of life increased substantially over the past week,” the Pew report noted. “For example, in interviews conducted March 10-11, 42 percent of the public said the coronavirus was a major threat to the health of the U.S. population; in interviews conducted March 14-16, 55 percent say it is a major threat to the nation’s overall health.”
The national survey by Pew Research Center—conducted March 10-16 among 8,914 adults using the Center’s American Trends Panel—found widespread public confidence that public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local government officials are doing a good job in responding to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the report.
More than eight-in-ten (83 percent) said they are very or somewhat confident that CDC officials are doing a good job, including 40 percent who said they are very confident. Most (73 percent) also said they are confident in state and local government officials.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:45 PM
One of the key public health responses to the global coronavirus pandemic has been social distancing
—avoiding large groups of people in close quarters in order to inhibit the spread of COVID-19
, the disease caused by the virus. Along with shutting down sports leagues, closing churches and stores and limiting restaurants to take-out service only, a major tactic for social distancing has been encouraging—or requiring—people to work from home.
In that respect, COVID-19 may yet do what years of advocacy
have failed to: Make telework a benefit available to more than a relative handful of U.S. workers. According to a recent feature by Pew Research Center, Only 7 percent of civilian workers in the U.S., or roughly 9.8 million of the nation’s approximately 140 million civilian workers, have access to a “flexible workplace” benefit, or telework, based on data in the 2019 National Compensation
Survey (NCS) from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. And those workers who have access to it are largely managers, other white-collar professionals and the highly paid. (“Civilian workers” refers to private industry workers and state and local government workers combined.)
to read the full story from Pew Research Center.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:33 PM
The coronavirus pandemic has brought life in the United States to a near standstill in recent days. Many cities and states are in complete lockdown as strict social distancing looks like the only way to slow down the spread of the virus at the moment. As people are no longer leaving their houses, let alone meeting in restaurants, movie theaters or at the mall, some industries have lost a significant portion of their income virtually overnight, putting millions of American jobs at risk.
According to estimates from Goldman Sachs economists, initial jobless claims may have exceeded 2 million in the week ended March 21, but that may only be the beginning of an unprecedented jobs crisis. According to the Job Quality Index
(JQI), a research project from Cornell Law School and the Coalition for a Prosperous America that assesses job quality in the United States, more than 37 million (mostly lower-wage) jobs may be vulnerable to short-term layoffs due to the COVID-19 crisis
and the response to it.
As this chart from Statista.com shows, the wider restaurant industry, including everything from full-service restaurants to bars, cafeterias etc. is expected to be most vulnerable to short-term job losses with more than 10 million lower-wage positions at risk. Retailers and firms operating in travel, tourism and leisure are also expected to be heavily affected, with 7.7 million and 5.1 million jobs at risk, respectively.
to read the full story.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:57 AM
The Public Relations Society of America
(PRSA) warns that in addition to being in the midst of a pandemic, we are also facing an “infodemic” resulting from the increasing speed and level misinformation and disinformation about the COVID-19 crisis that is circulating in public arena. “The result is too much information—sometimes inaccurate, and often in scientific terms or medical language that might be difficult to understand,” the organization stated in in a recent press release.
PRSA noted in a recent press release that PR professionals are “uniquely positioned to guide communications and offer resources to the public as they navigate a dearth of information” in the crisis.
Monday, March 23, 2020 1:15 PM
Many of the states that are hardest hit by coronavirus—New York, Washington, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Florida—are also home to some of the most overburdened federal courts in the country. Several different but related factors contribute to that caseload crisis, according to an article on Law360.com
, a website that covers the news in the legal field.
As Cara Bayles of Law360 noted, “First is the sheer number and complexity of filings. States that are home to many tech companies, like California, or many pharmaceutical companies, like New Jersey, might see a lot of intellectual property cases with reams and reams of paper. In border states like Texas and Arizona, immigration cases overwhelm the courts, especially under a Trump administration policy that charges undocumented immigrants with criminal illegal entry.”
Friday, March 20, 2020 10:19 AM
NEW YORK—With so many uncertainties around the COVID-19 situation and how it will spread worldwide, the global advertising market is in a state of flux right now. As a result, the research firm eMarketer said it is taking a “cautious approach” and has updated its global ad-spending forecast.
In 2020, the firm now expects total media ad spending worldwide will reach $691.7 billion, up by 7.0 percent from 2019. But note that this is a decrease in projected growth from the firm’s previous forecast, which estimated worldwide ad spending growth in 2020 to rise by 7.4 percent to $712.02 billion.
“Our downward revision is primarily due to one country: China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak,” eMarketer said in its recent report
on global advertising. “The first case was discovered there in late December 2019, so we have had more time to track the virus’s impact on the country’s ad market.” (China is the world’s second-largest ad market after the United States, so a reduction in our China estimates would lower our global forecast.)
The research firm said it now expects total media ad spending in China to reach $113.7 billion, down from the previous estimate of $121.13 billion.
eMarketer also noted that its forecast is for the full year, “and there is still a strong possibility that the virus could be contained in the coming months, allowing for a rebound in [the second half of 2020].” Ad spending takes place in the latter part of the year for the holiday season in most countries, the firm noted.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 2:09 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has caught Americans’ rapt attention. Roughly half of U.S. adults (51 percent) are following news about it very closely, with another 38 percent following it fairly closely, according to a new Pew Research Center Election News Pathways
survey conducted from March 10-16, 2020. During this period, the number of confirmed cases
in the U.S. increased from about 650 to over 3,000, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic
, President Donald Trump announced a ban
on travel to the U.S. from European countries and many universities announced closures or remote classes
Americans give the news media fairly high marks for their coverage of COVID-19, though most think their reporting has at least somewhat exaggerated the risks.
Misinformation—has also found its way into the information stream. About half the public (48 percent) say they’ve been exposed to at least some made-up news and information related to the virus. And when asked two questions about the virus, substantial portions express belief in claims that are in fact false. These findings come from a survey of 8,914 U.S. adults who are members of the Center’s American Trends Panel
to read the full story from Pew Research Center.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:33 PM
With cities around the U.S. taking extraordinary measures to distance people from one another during the coronavirus outbreak
, the fear and worry about COVID-19 among Americans has risen sharply from just a month ago, according to a recent feature from Statista.com.
In a poll
conducted in February and March by Gallup, 60 percent of all U.S. adults say they are worried about their potential exposure to the fast-spreading coronavirus. This number is up substantially from February, where only 36 percent of U.S. adults expressed fear or worry about their exposure to the COVID-19 disease.
All demographics in the poll showed large increases in fear and anxiety about the coronavirus. Those responding as Democrats saw the largest shift, where 26 percent of Democrats in February turned into 73 percent expressing fear in March. Republicans saw a modest increase, going from 30 percent to 42 percent.
to read the full story from Statista.com.