April 16, 2020

COVID-19 awareness, attitudes, behaviors among US adults

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

Many adults with comorbid conditions lacked critical knowledge about COVID-19, and, despite concern, they did not change their routines or plans, this study finds.

In this cross-sectional survey of 630 adults aged 23 to 88 years, and living with one or more chronic conditions:


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  • 24.6% were “very worried” about getting the coronavirus
  • 28.3% could not correctly identify symptoms
  • 30.2% could not correctly identify ways to prevent infection
  • 24.6% believed they were “not at all likely” to get the virus
  • 21.9% reported that COVID-19 had little or no effect on their daily routine
  • 9.5% believed they would definitely or probably get the virus.

This study reveals profound gaps in COVID-19 awareness, knowledge, concern, and preemptive public health action, the authors say.

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