April 8, 2020

Survey: US public concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

This survey given via social media by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and others found that respondents’ top concerns were getting sick because of COVID-19 (70.1%) and not being able to get medical care (46.3%).

Of 8,982 respondents, 95.7% reported making changes to their lifestyle, with the most common changes being hand washing (93.1%), avoiding social gatherings (89%), and stockpiling food and supplies (74.7%).


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In addition, 19.2% were self-isolating all the time, while 49.8% were self-isolating most of the time and leaving the house only to buy food and essentials.

Only 1.5% reported having lost their jobs because of the crisis, and 14.7% reported reduced wages or work hours. If their physicians were not available in person, 53.7% said they would choose to be seen remotely via a televisit.

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