In a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, data showed that a wide range of the participants indicated that they were more concerned with catching the common flu than that of the new coronavirus.
The results were somewhat encouraging when looking at the amount of trust that Americans currently had in the countries health officials. Those same officials are the ones who are tasked with enacting quarantines and restrictions on travel in an effort to possibly contain the virus that was confirmed to originate in China.
Jennifer Nuzzo, attached to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, reminded that the control and ability the of when it comes to the coronavirus hangs mainly on the public's trust and willingness to accept the advice given to them by the health authorities. As the coronavirus spreads further and quicker, that trust will become even more essential.
When it comes to the ongoing news about the coronavirus outbreak in China, it appears that it has become somewhat pervasive, as those surveyed reported to have heard or read quite a bit about the situation.
As a result, those who have answered that they have heard a lot about the virus indicate they are very concerned. Whereas, those who have not heard or followed the news on the situation are not as concerned.
Chris Harris, of Iowa City, is one such individual that has been keeping up with the ongoing updates on the coronavirus, but even so, he is still more worried about influenza. The 51-year-old said that he didn’t want to have to miss any work, from possibly contracting the flu, as that would put him even further behind.
From the data obtained, it seems that the ratio of roughly 2 in 10 stated that they were anxious about contracting the coronavirus or the flu. Another 2 in 10 said they felt moderately worried about the possibility of contracting the coronavirus, while more than half of those surveyed stated they had no concern at all.
It would seem, from the data, that the concern of contracting the standard flu is of more concern, with 4 in 10 saying they were worried moderately and 3 in 10 stated they were in no way worried.
Should the public be more concerned about the coronavirus than it appears they are?