Report offers checkup on health of Chinese people in 2020

By Jiang Wei |
Updated: Feb 5, 2021
A group of people practicing yoga at a park in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Tang Dehong / For China Daily]

Over 60 percent of respondents held a positive attitude toward the prospects of China's healthcare system and the potential for technologies, a health report found.

China Daily app and DX Doctor, a health information sharing platform, published the health report on Friday.

By conducting an online survey of 56,196 Chinese residents and analyzing data from their platforms, China Daily app and DX Doctor aim to gather a portrait of the overall health of Chinese people in a year plagued by the novel coronavirus.

During the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, China's healthcare system withstood the big challenge. Several versions of guidelines to prevent and control the spread of the novel coronavirus were issued to the public; the ability to conduct nucleic acid tests has grown to 15 million in one day; online medical counseling was widely used; homegrown vaccines have been approved and administered at home and abroad.

Technologies also played an important part. Infrared thermometers were installed at public venues to quickly check body temperatures; robots were used to disinfect the environment and guide visitors; QR health codes were used nationwide to facilitate travel efficiency.

According to the report, the pandemic affected Chinese people's daily lives, from work to commuting and travel, but it also led to positive changes in lifestyle and family relations.

A total of 29 percent of respondents said the pandemic had a negative impact on their lifestyle while 42 percent reported a positive influence. A total of 12 percent of respondents said the pandemic negatively affected family relations while 29 percent saw a positive influence.

The survey found that physical health remained a top priority in life, with people's health expectations high at 8.8 out of 10.

Mental health received increasing attention. For two consecutive years, mental health ranked first among people's health concerns, especially among young people.

Most respondents thought personal factors, such as lifestyle, work and economic situation, had the greatest impact on their health situation.

A total of 98 percent of the respondents admitted they were troubled by health issues. Unchanged from last year, the top three issues were emotional problems, poor skin conditions and being unsatisfied with one's body image.

At the same time, people didn't think they had done enough to keep healthy, only awarding themselves 5.5 for their efforts.

Men made more efforts than women to stay fit, and older people tended to be more active than their younger counterparts in living a healthy life.

Based on customer survey data from Decathlon, running and walking were the most common exercises, followed by dancing and ball games.

Online counseling saw a significantly increase in public demand during the pandemic. Most respondents said they chose online counseling due to its convenience and quick response. People in third-tier and fourth-tier cities also resorted to online counseling.

China Daily app is China's go-to source for high-quality English news content including breaking news, livestreaming, videos, commentary and in-depth reporting.

DX Doctor was founded in 2014 with the aim of bridging the misinformation gap between medical professionals and laymen. It has released its health report for three consecutive years.

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