HealthDay Reports: Your Media Use & Coronavirus Precautions Are Probably Linked, Survey Shows
New research found that people who watched the news — regardless of the news source — were more likely to follow COVID-19 safety recommendations.
WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who are young, liberal and heavy consumers of news are most likely to follow COVID-19 safety recommendations, a new online survey reveals.
Three-quarters of the 1,000 U.S. respondents said they followed a majority of recommended social distancing behaviors such as keeping 6 feet apart and limiting trips to stores, the University of Delaware researchers said.
Slightly fewer (66%) said they followed hygiene measures such as washing their hands more often and avoiding touching their faces, and 41% had prepared by stocking up on food and medicine.
Heavy viewers of news -- regardless of the source -- were most likely to follow measures recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the survey found.