The percentage of Americans fearing a personal infection from the coronavirus has nearly doubled in the past month, according to the latest USA Today/Ipsos poll released Monday.
Still, the fear remains a significant minority, as just 29% personally fear a “high threat” in contracting the virus, but that percentage is almost twice the 15% who feared the same in last month’s poll.
“At first, I thought, OK, we’re going to have to do this; everyone stay at home for a few weeks, for a month, and we’ll be back to normal,” Brent Charnigo, 39, of Cleveland, among those surveyed, told USA Today. “Now it’s clear that’s not going to be the case. It’s going to be long-lasting. Years.”
While President Donald Trump and the coronavirus task force weighs reopening parts of the U.S. economy, perhaps regionally based, Samantha Piotrowski, 27, of Jersey City, New Jersey, still fears a long haul in her area – one of the epicenters of the pandemic in the U.S.
“I could see it going to the end of the year,” Piotrowski, also polled and interviewed after, told USA Today. “I can’t see it getting better until there’s a vaccine found.”
Meanwhile, Americans sensing a “high threat” to the U.S. economy has more than doubled in the past month, from 34% to 71%, per the poll.
USA Today/Ipsos polled 1,005 American adults between April 9-10 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.