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Americans’ COVID-19 preventative practices in April and May 2020

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Lamb, Jade (Clear Outcomes)
  • Clear Outcomes
Publication Date
2020-07-17
Free Keywords
covid-19; health behavior
Description
  • Abstract

    Our research team conducted three cross-sectional, nationally representative online surveys of the U.S. population over a period of six weeks starting in early April and ending in mid-May 2020. The surveys provided a snapshot of the self-reported social distancing compliance, handwashing and mask wearing behavior, proportion of population receiving COVID-19 tests, and an indication of Americans’ sentiments about the pandemic during this period. We found that people going out of the home zero times in a four day period ranged from 17% to 28% during the three surveys, people wearing masks rose from 23% to 49% over the three surveys, and that people washing their hands three or more times a day remained high at 83 to 88% through all three surveys. The results provide evidence for State and national level policy makers on which segments of the population may need more attention with messaging to ensure compliance with staged re-opening of the economies. They also point researchers to areas for more research, especially related to mental health and testing coverage.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2020-04-06 / 2020-04-06
    Time Period: Mon Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Mon Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 2020
  • 2020-04-20 / 2020-04-20
    Time Period: Mon Apr 20 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Mon Apr 20 00:00:00 EDT 2020
  • 2020-05-04 / 2020-05-04
    Time Period: Mon May 04 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Mon May 04 00:00:00 EDT 2020
  • 2020-04-06 / 2020-04-06
    Collection Date(s): Mon Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Mon Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 2020
  • 2020-04-20 / 2020-04-20
    Collection Date(s): Mon Apr 20 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Mon Apr 20 00:00:00 EDT 2020
  • 2020-05-04 / 2020-05-04
    Collection Date(s): Mon May 04 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Mon May 04 00:00:00 EDT 2020
Geographic Coverage
  • USA
Sampled Universe
Adults over 18 in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: National
Sampling
Our research team conducted three nationally representative surveys using SurveyMonkey samples, which are based on the European Society for Opinion and Market Research (ESOMAR) standard questions for determining target samples. SurveyMonkey recruits samples through SurveyMonkey Contribute, which donates $0.50 to charity in exchange for each completed survey, and SurveyMonkey Rewards, which allows respondents to earn $0.25 in credits towards gift cards or donations. The target panels for these surveys were balanced by gender, age, and region.  The sample size was 1,332 in the April 6 survey; 1,200 in the April 20 survey; and 1,284 in the May 4 survey.
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    DOI: 10.3886/E120312

Update Metadata: 2020-07-17 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-07-17

Lamb, Jade; Clear Outcomes (2020): Americans’ COVID-19 preventative practices in April and May 2020. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E120312V1