A declining number of Americans said, according to a new survey, that they are likely to seek shelter amidst COVID 19 cases, which are on the rise across the United States.
The Gallup study found that only 49 percent of them said they would most likely stay at home for a month if recommended by health authorities due to rising cases of the novel coronavirus.
This number has decreased compared to a previous survey conducted between March 30 and April 5, in which 67 percent of Americans said they would be highly likely to stay home for a month.
According to the survey, 18 percent said they would be very likely to stay home for a month, while 33 percent said they were very or rather unlikely.
The percentage of Americans who said they were very or rather unlikely to stay home for a month is an increase from the last survey in late March, when only 15 percent said the same.
Gallup surveyed 2,985 adults in the U.S. from October 19 to November 1 and reported an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, over 1.2 million new cases of the novel coronavirus have been registered in the U.S. since the beginning of November, with the number of daily cases exceeding 100,000 except for two days.
Health authorities in the U.S. have warned that an increase in COVID-19 cases could cause a further standstill.
On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new protocols to curb the spread of the virus – he ordered all bars, gyms and restaurants to close by 10 pm and social gatherings to be limited to 10 people.
On Tuesday, a member of Joe Biden’s new coronavirus advisory committee said the US “should not be surprised at all if we reach 200,000 cases per day.
Amidst the increase in COVID 19 cases, the survey also found a majority of Americans – 61 percent – who said the coronavirus situation is worsening. On the other hand, 23 percent said it was getting better.
In addition, the survey revealed a declining number of Americans who indicated that they participate in extreme social distancing activities. About 38 percent reported that they have remained completely or largely isolated from others in the past 24 hours-a significant decrease from the 69 percent who said the same in mid-April.
Thirty-five percent said they had become somewhat or not at all isolated, and 27 percent said they had remained partially isolated in the past few days.
Washington Newsday turned to the Department of Health for comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.