Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 27, 2020

Estimated number of Americans who think they will have trouble paying their credit card bills due to coronavirus, according to a survey by WalletHub: 67 million

Rank of coronavirus on the list of the top stressors in America today, above money problems, which has traditionally topped the list: 1

Source: WalletHub.

Amount less that female software engineers and data engineers make annually than males in the same role, according to a report by the DHI Group Inc. and Dice in their Gender Pay Gap in Tech report: $9,000

Amount less that female data architects make: $13,000

Amount less that female data scientists make: $10,000

Source: DHI Group Inc.

On average, number of times a week Americans say they feel sleepy, with 62% trying to "shake it off" as their primary response, according to the National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America poll: 3

Of those who feel sleepy five to seven days a week, percentage who report especially high rates of irritability: 52

Percentage who report headaches: 40

Source: National Sleep Foundation.

Percentage of U.S. families who decided not to seek medical care -- everything from doctor visits to medications, vaccinations, annual exams, vision checks and more -- in the past year, specifically because of the cost, according to a Bankrate.com report: 32

Percentage of those with medical expenses in the past year who said the costs were higher than they anticipated: 50

Percentage who said the costs were lower than expected: 10

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of U.S. consumers who stated the coronavirus is not impacting their interest in international travel, according to a survey conducted March 7–9 by Travelzoo: 44

Percentage who said the coronavirus has impacted their planned international travel: 36

Of those respondents, percentage who are considering their options, including selecting an alternate destination, postponing the trip or canceling the trip: 59

Source: Travelzoo.

Percentage of professionals who say their organizations have a plan in place to keep their employees safe from COVID-19 that they are confident about, according to a survey from VitalSmarts: 34

Percentage who say they have a basic plan -- even if it is "hastily assembled": 43

Source: VitalSmarts.

Percentage of consumers who say they are worried about contracting the coronavirus, according to the market research team at Colling Media: 52

Percentage who say they are spending more than they usually budget on such items as cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues, hand sanitizers and water because of coronavirus concerns: 33

Source: Colling Media.

Percentage of patients who would forget to schedule a cleaning if they didn't receive a reminder from their dentist, according to research by Weave aimed at bringing attention to World Oral Health Day: 41

Percentage of people who avoid going to the dentist who say they regret it: 60

Source: Weave.

On average, number of petabytes (1 million gigabytes of digital information) of data that organizations manage, a nearly 40% increase since the average 9.70PB in 2018, and a staggering 831% increase since 2016, according to research by Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index 2020 Snapshot: 13.53

On average, estimated total cost of data loss per organization over the last 12 months: $1 million-plus

Source: Dell Technologies.

Percentage of employees who say a whole new approach to education, skills training and learning, or an education revolution, is needed to better prepare people for the workforce, according to a survey conducted for Express Employment Professionals: 87

Percentage of U.S. employees who say schools are not doing a good job of preparing the next generation of workers for what their needs are after school: 54

Source: Express Employment Professionals.

Idle Thought

"The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy; we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other." -- Meryl Streep

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)