As businesses and offices across the country take extreme measures in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, around 67 millions of Americans are worried about making their ends meet. As per a recent survey by WalletHub, around 67 million Americans foresee trouble and worries clearing their credit card bills because of the Coronavirus situation.
With the virus spreading across the country, the city leaders in several American states have implemented strict policies and rules regarding public gatherings. This resulted in many businesses been forced to lay off their employees as they shift and modify their business strategies. As per the survey, Coronavirus tops the list of things and situations that stresses Americans the most at present, followed by financial worries.
‘We’ve seen a lot of panic buying as a result of the Coronavirus, with people purchasing things like toilet paper en masse, largely because they don’t know what else to do. Furthermore, 94 million Americans have canceled or plan to cancel travel plans due to the Coronavirus,’ said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. ‘Less apparent, however, is the panic saving that people are engaged in right now. Around 158 million Americans, or roughly 63% of adults, say they are saving more, as opposed to buying more, as a result of this crisis. If there’s a bright side to all of this, people saving more money than usual might just be it.’
However, there is good news for Americans who are concerned about credit card debts. Many credit card companies are looking forward to providing relief to Americans affected by the Coronavirus situation. The consumers are encouraged to see the credit card’s website as many people have already issued statements about waiving off the fees or lowering interest rates on debts.
‘Credit card companies should give relief to affected customers, just like they’ve done during major natural disasters in recent years,’ stated WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou. ‘Roughly 67 million Americans anticipate having trouble paying their credit card bills because of the Coronavirus. Their struggles could easily ripple through the economy if left unaddressed, especially considering the more than $1 trillion in credit card debt currently owed by U.S. consumers.’