In housing, at the time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction ban expired, 27 percent of renters nationally reported serious problems paying their rent in the past few months.
In healthcare, 18 percent of households report anyone in their household has been unable to get medical care for a serious problem in the past few months when they needed it, with 76 percent of those unable to get care reporting negative health consequences as a result. And while 42 percent of households report using telehealth in the past few months with wide reported satisfaction (82% satisfied), 64 percent of those using telehealth say they would have preferred an in-person visit over telehealth in their last visit.
“While Americans have widely received help from the government during the COVID-19 outbreak, millions are still having very serious problems with their finances, healthcare, and their children’s education,” said Robert J. Blendon, co-director of the survey and Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis Emeritus at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “These problems are concentrated in families who earn less than $50,000 a year, with millions of households who have lost their savings and have nothing to fall back on.”
When it comes to their children’s education, 69 percent of households with children in grades K–12 last school year report their children fell behind in their learning because of the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes 36 percent of all households with children in K–12 reporting their children fell behind a lot (see Figure 2). Thinking about the upcoming school year, 70 percent of households whose children fell behind last school year believe it will be difficult for children in their household to catch up on education losses from last school year.
In a period when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has found that reported hate crimes in the United States have increased, an examination of different racial and ethnic minority households’ personal experiences in the past few months shows stark fears of being threatened or attacked (see Figure 3). One in four Asian households in the United States (25%) report fearing someone might threaten or physically attack them because of their race/ethnicity in the past few months, while 22 percent of Native American households, 21 percent of Black households, 8 percent of Latino households, and 7 percent of White households also report this.