How 2020 Popularised Indoor Living

Whether directly or indirectly, we can all think of a way Covid19 has had an affect on our lives. Unfortunately, some impacts have been more devastating than others. 2020 was the year that witnessed the rise of desolate towns and cities, lifeless office blocks that previously thrived and the wake of the working from home mode of living that looks like it could be here to stay. The globe aimed to unite in the ‘Stay At Home’ mission to protect our loved ones. But, how else did we aim to pursue this task that had been thrust upon us to make sure the teeth of Covid19 couldn’t be sunken any further?

Statistica recorded such lifestyle changes cicra 31st May 2020  to identify the precautions taken by individuals in Germany, the UK and US. The go to strategy of staying at home, advertised by most countries, received the highest percentages with the 84% of the UK, 77% of the US and finally 71% of Germany switching to an indoor lifestyle. The second go to method for the US and Germany was washing hands more, 73% of Americans did this as well as 70% of Germans. However, ranking in second place for the UK was applying social distancing where 78% of the British public used this as a reliable practice compared to a slightly less figure of 75% for washing hands more frequently.

More expectedly, over half of all three populations either avoided public places such as bars and restaurants, cancelled plans with friends and family or travelled less. Such categories had ranges of 51-58% for Germany, 62-67% for the UK and 53-65% for the US.  With regards to wearing protective facemasks outside, this was again used by over half of populations. 66% of Americans and 52% of Germans consistently aimed to wear one, but the figure for the UK was only a surprising 20% as of late May. Since masks in the UK were made mandatory towards the end of July, one could expect the updated figure to be much higher.

Categories that saw less than 50% of people making changes to their lifestyle were avoiding certain shopping times which varied from 35-43% for all populations, reduced exercise regimes which ranged from 16-20% and working from home which averaged at around 22-30%, again for all populations. 

Only a miniscule 5% of both Germans and Americans and a further 2% of Britons didn’t make any changes to their lifestyles. However as mentioned before, these results were taken 23rd May, and during these ever changing times more recent results could be considerably different. But, it’s interesting to see the changes that individuals made to ensure safety for all. What main changes had the biggest impact for you? Send in your thoughts to