Most Americans are practicing social distancing
The vast majority of Americans, across all age groups, are practicing social distancing, according to our KFF polling.
Why it matters: The public doesn’t always act in its best interests when it comes to health — but this time, people are. And it’s helping to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic.
By the numbers: At the end of March, between 77% and 89% of all age groups were sheltering in place. Those are remarkable numbers, considering that essential workers are leaving their home and several states still do not have stay-at-home directives in place.
- 95% of people ages 18-24 said they had taken some step to social distance, such as changing travel plans or not attending large gatherings.
- 89% of seniors 65 and older took the same actions.
Yes, but: It is entirely possible that people are over-rating their social distancing performance, and there are still questions about how long Americans will be able to keep this up.
- The federal government will likely loosen its social-distancing guidelines soon. Some states — particularly red states — will likely follow suit, while other states, counties and some employers will maintain social distancing restrictions longer.