HealthDay Reports: How Well Do Americans Know the Facts About COVID-19?
These knowledge gaps lead to behavior that could put certain groups at risk of infection, researchers said.
THURSDAY, June 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Months into a global pandemic, some groups of Americans simply don't know enough about COVID-19 to protect themselves and others against the highly infectious respiratory virus, a new study reports.
Most folks have a pretty good grasp about how COVID-19 spreads and the three main symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) that should prompt you to get tested for the virus, said lead researcher Dr. Marcella Alsan, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
"We found that generally people had good information," Alsan said. "The averages were high. But there were some pretty profound disparities that were important to highlight."