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1 in 5 Americans May Be Spreading COVID-19 By Doing This, Says CDC

A new survey from the CDC yields interesting results.

You're anxious for life to return to the way it was before the coronavirus hit—but you're also anxious about catching COVID-19. If that statement rings true, you're not alone. A new study reported by the CDC indicates 74.3% of Americans would feel unsafe if restrictions were lifted nationwide. 

Meanwhile, "Close to 80% of Americans surveyed nationwide said they had self-isolated and 85% of New Yorkers said they had, the survey found," reports CNN. "Nationwide, 74% of those surveyed said they wore face coverings in public either always or often and those in the hard-hit cities of New York and Los Angeles said they did so about 90% of the time."

Encouraging news overall, but it does mean 1 in 5 Americans have not been self-isolating.

The survey of 2,402 people from across the United States, including epicenters like Los Angeles and California, was completed by Mark É. Czeisler, of Monash University and Austin Health in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues—and, it's important to note, was conducted last month.

"American people have taken mitigation efforts seriously to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2," Jay C. Butler, MD, CDC's deputy director of infectious diseases, said during a press briefing. "It demonstrates our country's collective spirit in responding to the pandemic."

Comes During a Rise in Cases

"The health agency said responses differed 'significantly' when looking at age, employment status and essential worker status," reported CNBC. "About 43% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 said they would feel safe if restrictions were lifted, twice as high among people aged 65 and older, the report said. Essential workers accounted for 47.2% of employed respondents in the U.S. cohort and were more likely than nonessential workers to report that they would feel safe if measures were lifted, the CDC said."

"The CDC report comes as some states see a rise in cases after they lifted stay-at-home orders and opened businesses," continues the network. States including Florida, Texas and the Carolinas have seen cases and deaths rise weeks after reopening. Meanwhile, Wisconsin has seen less of an outbreak after reopening. (Click here to see The Very Worst Coronavirus Hot Spots in Every State.)

We Have "A Lot of Work Ahead"

"CDC's COVID-19 response is now in its sixth month, and [although] we're making real progress, we have a lot of work ahead as we reopen America," CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said during a press briefing today. "Our recommendations evolve based on new information that becomes available, but it's extremely important to embrace recommendations [regarding] social distancing, hand-washing and wearing a face covering when in public."

Follow the CDC's advice: wash your hands regularly; practice social distancing; wear a face covering; if you're sick, stay home alone; and monitor your health. And to stay safe in your city, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more
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