Percentage of Americans who are spending 30 more minutes each day cooking in the kitchen compared to the same time last year, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Farm Rich: 30
Percentage who reach for comfort food to bring happiness: 41
Percentage who have gained a few pounds staying at home -- an extra six pounds on average: 85
Source: Farm Rich.
Percentage of American adults who have a least-favorite cleaning task, or "mess nemesis," according to a survey by Jelmar for CLR: 88
Percentage who have dodged their least-favorite cleaning task in one way or another, some leaving the task to a family member or housemate, or even to a completely different homeowner: 61
Percentage who have dodged their least-favorite cleaning task by moving to a new home: 4
Percentage who have ignored it: 25
Percentage of Americans who say it is not very likely or not at all likely they would get the first-generation COVID-19 vaccine, while 39% report that they would, according to an Ipsos poll: 60
Percentage who say they will wait a few months after (30%) or a year or more (18%) after a vaccine is available: 48
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Estimated number of U.S. adults who plan to participate in Halloween-related activities this year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics: 148 million
Rank of safe at-home activities on the list of priorities for celebrating the occasion: 1
Percentage who plan to decorate their homes: 53
Percentage who plan to carve a pumpkin: 46
Percentage who will dress up their pet: 18
Number of Americans who traveled during the Labor Day weekend, the highest passenger volume since March -- with the busiest day of travel up 30% from the July 4th holiday weekend, as reported by the Transportation Security Administration: 3 million
Source: FINN Partners.
Amid this year's historic coronavirus pandemic, percentage of small- and mid-size business owners and executives who reported that they have made adaptations to their business in response to COVID-19, including safety changes (69%), such as new policies and procedures (62%) or physical modifications (57%), and/or adopted work-from-home policies (33%), according to a PNC survey: 79
Percentage of businesses who report increased use of technology since the outbreak began: 51
Source: PNC Financial Services Group.
Percentage of moms who say they're up late at night to care for their children, according to a survey by Zulily: 17
Percentage who stay awake planning the future: 16
Percentage of moms who say they feel judged by other parents for their parenting decisions: 38
Percentage of the U.S. population who are aware of the importance of sun protection and state they use sun protection during sun exposure, according to a survey by ISIDIN: 50.3
Percentage of Americans who use sunscreen with the objective of preventing sun spots and wrinkles: 52
Percentage who use it because of the worry of developing skin cancer: 27
Percentage of Americans who said their opinion of the U.S. health care system has changed for the worse in the face of COVID-19, according to the results of a healthinsurance.com survey: 33
Percentage who said their opinion changed for the better: 14
Percentage who said they're afraid of contracting the virus because of health care costs: 33
Percentage of business leaders who feel positive about the role that AI will play in the future, with the No. 1 expectation being that it will make business processes more efficient, according to a report published by information hub the AI Journal: 72
Percentage who have suggested that AI will help to create new business models: 55
Source: AI Journal.
"Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence." -- Thomas Chandler Haliburton, author, judge and politician (1776-1865)
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