[New Survey] Are Americans losing sleep over coronavirus?

Americans are one of the most relaxed in the world about the threat of the coronavirus – but how do we compare within the USA?

The virus has already infected over 730 Americans and an epidemic on US soil is looking more likely.

We surveyed over 1,000 Americans to understand how the prospect of further growth of the coronavirus is affecting the nation.

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Our survey revealed a number of interesting results about people’s thoughts on the coronavirus.

How Do States Compare?

With cases of coronavirus already extending to 34 states across the USA the scale of the spread of the virus appears to be increasing. Despite this, Americans remain resiliant with an average rating of 4.37 out of 10 in terms of how scared they are. How Scared Are You of Coronavirus? Some states such as Hawaii and Wyoming are amongst the most scared, scoring 8 and 8.5 out of 10 respectively. In contrast, Nebraska and Idaho are the least scared of the virus, scoring 2.25 and 2.71 respectively. We also asked how prepared people felt for the virus with Alaska and North Dakota coming out on top, scoring 8 and 7.5 out of 10 in terms of how prepared they are – compared to a countrywide average of 5.40. Conversely, Vermont and Louisiana feel they are the least prepared, scoring 3 and 4 out of 10 respectively.

Does Age Matter?

Existing data suggests you are generally more at risk with coronavirus, but that does match up with our survey data in terms of preparation?

Logic would dictate that the highest percentages of most scared members of the American public would be those who are at the most at risk, those aged over 65.

In fact, those aged 65 years old or older reported to be less scared than those aged 35-64.

The youngest generation (18-24) reported the least amount of very scared responses. With those aged 45 to 54 reporting the highest volume of very scared responses.

The Gender Difference

When it comes to gender, females are almost 25% more scared then males at present.

This aligns with females reporting to be more prepared for the virus outbreak than males.

Women are also less likely to be satisfied with the White House’s response to the conronavirus outbreak.


We surveyed over 1,000 Americans on various coronavirus-related questions. We then segmented their responses according to their self-reported demographic information to determine the findings above.

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