SAN Luis Obispo – Vital Indicators – San Luis Obispo County 2020, a report on quality of life trends produced by ACTION for healthy communities through applied survey studies, was completed just before the Covid 19 pandemic. However, the data collected in December 2019 and published in 2020 will be crucial to monitor the recovery of the pandemic district.
Like the Vital Indicators report published in 2010 immediately after the Great Recession, the 2020 report provides basic data for recovery in areas such as basic needs, the economy, health, the natural and human environment, public safety and the social environment.
We know that the Covida 19 pandemic has had a direct or indirect impact on the economy, mental health, physical health, education and public safety, said ACTION. These vital indicators – 2020 provide a timeline for measuring the extent of the damage the pandemic is inflicting on society. We believe that this data will be an important guide for our government, businesses and civil society organisations in thinking about and responding to future needs caused by the virus.
These are some indicators that represent some of the seven key areas:
– 40% of adults said they felt financially better than in the previous year, while 21.4% of adults surveyed said no. ACTION expects both percentages to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.
– Before the pandemic began, the number of homeless increased by 32% between 2017 and 2019. ACTION expects the economic impact of the pandemic to increase the number of homeless people in society as a result of unemployment and business closures.
– The number of inhabitants covered by health insurance increased steadily from 84 percent in 2010 to 91 percent in 2019. Due to the loss of jobs as a result of the pandemic, we expect their number to decrease. In addition, 14% of those responding to ACTION’s telephone questions reported that physical health prior to the pandemic was satisfactory or poor, an increase over previous ACTION surveys.
– Prior to the pandemic, 28% of respondents said yes to the need to talk to a healthcare provider about issues such as stress, emotional problems and family problems related to drugs or alcohol. Given the additional stress of the pandemic, this percentage is expected to increase.
– From 2010 to 2019, the number of respondents who expressed great concern about employment opportunities in telephone surveys fell steadily from 52% in 2010 to 27% in 2019. The pandemic changed that. These data also give an idea of what life was like in our church before COVID-19.
– Almost 67% of respondents to the ACTION telephone survey feel very worried about crime in 2019 (compared to 73% in 2013), and 67% are very or slightly worried about safety at school (just over 66% in 2016). However, due to the stress factors associated with VIDOC-19 and other social justice issues, these figures may have a negative impact.
Since the first one. The report and previous reports can be downloaded free of charge from www.ActionSLO.org or from the Community Foundation’s website on 12 November.
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