April 8, 2020

Survey: US public concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic

By: Judy Mathias

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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