U.S. adults' level of concern about the coronavirus outbreak as of Jan. 2020, by age

In a January 2020 survey in the U.S., 36 percent of adults aged 18 to 29 years reported feeling somewhat concerned about the new coronavirus outbreak, while 46 percent of adults 65 years and older indicated the same level of concern. This statistic shows the proportion of adults in the U.S. who were concerned about the new coronavirus outbreak as of January 2020, by age group.

Proportion of adults in the U.S. who were concerned about the new coronavirus outbreak as of January 2020, by age group

18 to 29 years30 to 44 years45 to 54 years55 to 64 years65 years and older
Very concerned32%30%29%36%35%
Somewhat concerned36%40%41%43%46%
Not very concerned14%16%18%13%14%
Not at all concerned9%6%8%4%2%
Don't know/no opinion10%8%5%4%3%
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

January 24 to 26, 2020

Number of respondents

2,200 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "As you may know, a new strain of a virus called coronavirus was identified by Chinese authorities in early January, and has spread across Asian countries, infecting more than 800 individuals and killing at least 26 people. Based on what you know, how concerned are you about the outbreak of coronavirus?"

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