The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report this week that says most Americans support measures aimed at preventing or slowing the spread of new coronaviruses. The statement is based on a survey of thousands of Americans from all over the United States; the data was recently published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly.
The survey, conducted between early May and mid-May, involved more than 4,000 U.S. adults. The CDC used census data to target a representative population based on race, age, and gender. Of the more than 2,000 adults who analyzed the data, the CDC found that about 80 percent supportCOVID-19 preventive measures. These include individual actions, such as wearing fabric masks and hand sanitizer, and implementing broader social measures such as maintaining social distance, and closing non-essential businesses to prevent rising infection rates from home orders.
The CDC reports that 74 percent favor wearing masks in public, 88 percent favor maintaining social distance and 82 percent favor avoiding group gatherings of more than 10 people. In particular, respondents from New York and Los Angeles had the highest approval ratings for the measures.
In addition, the CDC says more than 74 percent of respondents said they would feel unsafe if the restrictions were lifted, while 77 percent said they would isolate themselves and 84 percent said their state’s prevention efforts were either just good or not strong enough. The CDC notes that the responses were based on how participants felt from early May to mid-May.