Online grocery shopping is something that has become increasingly prevalent in the time of the pandemic, for many reasons including concern about COVID-19. This post explores who exactly is ordering groceries online and why, and if this is a trend that is going to continue into the future.
Here, we consider one important implication of COVID-19: the unequal impact that it has on different demographic groups. We examine different groups’ abilities to avoid COVID-19 exposure, continue working and studying, and minimize life disruptions. Overall, low-income groups with lower levels of educational attainment appear to face some of the pandemic’s most pervasive effects.
Join us this Thursday (11/19) for a webinar on our initial results from the ongoing COVIDFUTURE Survey.
COVID-19 has changed lives in many ways. Based on early data from our COVID-19 survey, it appears that these changes are not all bad. People are enjoying family time, cooking, and more. They are also transitioning to telecommuting and changing their preferred modes of travel, trends that are expected to stick around in the long term. Overall, the majority of people indicate they may want some aspects of life under the pandemic to continue even after COVID-19 is gone.
COVID Future project co-leader Deborah Salon presented top-line transportation results yesterday at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead virtual symposium: Not “Back to Normal:” Mapping a Just Transportation Recovery from COVID-19. She reported that many workers are enjoying remote work, and over 40% expect to continue working from home at least some of the time even after the pandemic … Continue reading COVID Future project featured at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Virtual Symposium
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on our daily lives even after the virus itself is less of a threat. Our comprehensive survey of Chicagoans shows implications for how people will work and travel, and how governments should handle future pandemics. A need for flexible, effective policies that address both health concerns and social needs such as equity and environmentalism are strongly recommended.
Attitudes are increasingly recognized as important predictors for behavior. Our survey used a series of 39 questions to sort respondents into five personality types. We find that preferences for suburban living and in-person interaction, as well as one’s level of concern for COVID-19, are important predictors of post-pandemic behavior. An understanding of these attitudes is critical to the COVID-19 response.
COVID Future project co-leader Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian spearheaded the organization of a full 2-days of presentations on the topic of COVID and transport at the recent virtual “Bridging Transport Researchers” transportation conference. Many other team members also presented work and/or moderated sessions. Recordings of all of the presentations are available on YouTube, with direct links … Continue reading COVID Future Project Featured at Recent Virtual Transportation Conference
Universities are at a crossroads as they prepare for the fall semester. While the COVID-19 response of the spring 2020 semester was received poorly by students, universities have the opportunity to improve upon these changes in the coming year. Keys to student satisfaction will include establishing open lines of communication between students and professors, and creating engaging classes.
COVID-19 has necessitated a transition from in-person to online shopping for groceries, retail, and restaurant meals. We find that the popularity of online shopping is overall likely to persist past the pandemic, but restaurants are unlikely to see the takeout or dine-in patronage necessary to survive the pandemic untouched. There is a wide variety in how popular different types of online shopping (e.g. groceries and non-groceries) are expected to be in the future.