COVID vs. Heart Disease
Since March 2020, news headlines were heavily focused on COVID -- including a lot of CDC recommendations for keeping yourself and others safe. We were constantly being bombarded with new information on COVID: shutdowns, deaths, CDC recommendations, etc.
Over the last 15 months, did you change any of your behaviors based on recommendations to protect yourself and/or your family?
Some things people might have done include wearing a mask, staying home more, staying 6ft away from people, washing hands more frequently, etc.
COVID was one of the top topics of 2020. Since COVID was a hot-topic, it can make us susceptible to availability bias -- our tendency to use information that comes to mind quickly and easily when making decisions about the future.
For the last year we've constantly been updated on the number of people who died of COVID. These numbers come to mind faster and easier than the number of deaths from other causes (i.e. car crashes, cancer, heart disease, etc.) Because we're human, the availability bias starts to come into play and we want to make sure we're doing the things to prevent us from getting COVID; however, we might not be directly focusing on preventing other bad things from happening to us -- like preventing heart disease.
Over the last 15 months, did you implement any healthier habits (i.e. exercising, eating better, drinking more water, getting more sleep, etc.)?