Nearly Half of Americans Talk About Coronavirus Most or Almost All of the Time, Study Finds

Nearly half of Americans say they talk about the global coronavirus pandemic almost constantly, a new Pew Research Center study found.

© (Noam Galai/Getty Images) People speak while practicing social distancing in Kips Bay during the coronavirus pandemic on May 5, 2020 in New York City.

The study, published Wednesday, found that 44% of people talk about the coronavirus most or almost all of the time, whether online, in person or over the phone.

Nearly a third of Americans say they talk about the pandemic with other people most of the time and another 13% say they talk about it almost all of the time. The largest share, 45%, report talking about it some of the time and 11% hardly ever or never discuss the pandemic.

The findings come after a previous study conducted by the organization in April, which found that 71% of people say they need to take breaks from news about the pandemic.

Women, African Americans, young people and Democrats are all more likely to talk about the coronavirus. Forty-seven percent of women, compared to 41% of men and 52% of African Americans compared to 42% white and 46% of Hispanic people. Nearly half, 47%, of people aged 18 to 29 years old frequently talk about the virus.

People aged 65 and older are least likely to talk about it, with 38% saying they discuss it frequently. Additionally, half of Democrats compared to 39% of Republicans talk about the situation frequently.

Slide 1 of 50: Quannesha Lewis, 30, has her blood taken by Northwell Health medical workers for the antibody tests that detect whether a person has developed immunity to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as her mother Pamela Douglas, 51, watches at the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury in Westbury, New York, U.S., May 13, 2020.Next SlideFull screen1/50 SLIDES © Shannon Stapleton/ReutersQuannesha Lewis, 30, has her blood taken by Northwell Health medical workers for the antibody tests that detect whether a person has developed immunity to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as her mother Pamela Douglas, 51, watches at the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury in Westbury, New York, on May 13.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on America and millions of people have lost their jobs and have been under strict stay-at-home orders since March. Health officials report more than 1.38 million cases of the virus in the U.S. and more than 83,240 deaths.

The study found that 43% of Americans lost their jobs or suffered a pay cut or knew someone who lost their job or suffered a pay cut because of the coronavirus. About a quarter, 24%, of people said they were very concerned about contracting the virus and becoming sick enough to require hospitalization.

But the impacts of the pandemic stretch far beyond the U.S. Across the globe, health officials report more than 4.3 million cases and more than 294,990 deaths.

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