Researchers Report on Survey Around Attitudes, Behavior and Beliefs Around COVID-19

In early May, a total of 4,042 adults aged ≥18 years in the U.S. were invited to complete a web-based survey, conducted among residents of New York City and Los Angeles to enable comparison of the two most populous cities in the United States with each other and with the nationwide cohort to determine attitudes, behaviors and beliefs relating to COVID-19.

As Czeisler, et al. (2020) explain, "SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is thought to be transmitted mainly by person-toperson contact. Implementation of nationwide public health orders to limit person-to-person interaction and of guidance on personal protective practices can slow transmission. Such strategies can include stay-at-home orders, business closures, prohibitions against mass gatherings, use of cloth face coverings, and maintenance of a physical distance between persons. To assess and understand public attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs related to this guidance and COVID-19, representative panel surveys were conducted among adults aged ≥18 years in New York City (NYC) and Los Angeles, and broadly across the United States during May 5–12, 2020. Most respondents in the three cohorts supported stay-at-home orders and nonessential business closures* (United States, 79.5%; New York City, 86.7%; and Los Angeles, 81.5%), reported always or often wearing cloth face coverings in public areas (United States, 74.1%, New York City, 89.6%; and Los Angeles 89.8%), and believed that their state’s restrictions were the right balance or not restrictive enough (United States, 84.3%; New York City, 89.7%; and Los Angeles, 79.7%). Periodic assessments of public attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs can guide evidence-based public health decision-making and related prevention messaging about mitigation strategies needed as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves."

Czeisler ME, et al. Public Attitudes, Behaviors, and Beliefs Related to COVID-19, Stay-at-Home Orders, Nonessential Business Closures, and Public Health Guidance — United States, New York City, and Los Angeles, May 5–12, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vol. 69. June 12, 2020.


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