Americans' Top 5 COVID-19 stressors

The most common stressor related to the pandemic for the U.S. public is reading or hearing about the severity and contagiousness of COVID-19, a new survey shows.

The survey was conducted April 7-9 and includes responses from 1,015 U.S. residents 18 years or older. Survey results were published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Five top stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Note: Respondents were allowed to select multiple stressors.

1. Reading or hearing about the severity and contagiousness of COVID-19: 96.6 percent

2. Uncertainty about length of quarantine and social-distancing requirements: 88.3 percent

3. Changes to social routines, such as spending time with friends and loved ones: 83.7 percent

4. Changes to daily personal care routines, such as cooking, cleaning, exercise and relaxation: 80.1 percent

5. Cancellation of planned or scheduled celebrations, entertainment, vacations or trips: 68.7 percent

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