Health Editor’s Note: Some of us have been experiencing coronavirus/COVID-19 anxiety since the beginning of this pandemic. We see cases increasing daily, deaths, not enough PPEs, riots, lack of concern for physical distancing and wearing masks, working from home if you still have a job, returning to a job where you are in close contact with others, loosing a job because your factory/business has closed due to economic losses, closing of schools with school year ending way too soon for some students who were struggling to “keep up” with classmates, not being allowed to see parent, grandparent, etc. who is in a rest home, care facility, not being allowed to accompany family member to hospital, constant thoughts about getting ill and then who will take care of everything and everyone you normally are responsible for, etc. Anxiousness and stress decrease the ability to function, even for every day tasks.
Now with the escalation in coronavirus cases and with that escalation comes more deaths, those who thought they were somehow safe from contracting COVID-19 realize that there is a distinct possibility/probability that the chance of contracting coronavirus is still there, even as states start to close down again…..Carol
Americans’ concerns about coronavirus jump as cases surge, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans’ anxieties over the spread of the novel coronavirus have risen to the highest level in more than a month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, as the number of cases surged across the country, pushing the death toll to more than 127,000 people.
The June 29-30 public opinion poll found that 81% of American adults said they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the pandemic, the most since a similar poll conducted May 11-12.
Concerns appear to be rising the most among members of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, who have generally expressed less interest than others in wearing face masks or sheltering at home even as the pandemic has infected more than 2.6 million Americans.
About seven in 10 Republicans said in the latest poll they were personally concerned about the spread of the virus, up from six in 10 Republicans in polls conducted over the past few weeks. About nine in 10 Democrats said they are similarly worried, a level of concern that has not changed over the past few weeks.
The shift in public opinion comes as the number of coronavirus cases soars across the country, especially in states like Arizona, Texas and Florida that were slow to respond to the outbreak ….read more: