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US Public Concerns About the COVID-19 Pandemic From Results of a Survey Given via Social Media

Educational Objective
To understand public concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic
1 Credit CME

In this survey study, we aimed to rapidly assess public concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis1,2 in the United States before shelter-in-place orders were widely implemented. Specifically, we assessed concerns about COVID-19, symptoms, and individual actions in response to the pandemic.

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Article Information

Accepted for Publication: March 24, 2020.

Published Online: April 7, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1369

Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Nelson LM et al. JAMA Internal Medicine.

Corresponding Author: Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, DrPH, Departments of Dermatology and Epidemiology and Population Health, School of Medicine, Stanford University, 269 Campus Dr, Mail Code 5179, Ste 4235 CCSR, Palo Alto, CA 94305 (linos@stanford.edu).

Author Contributions: Dr Linos had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Study concept and design: Nelson, Bondy, Linos.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.

Drafting of the manuscript: All authors.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Nelson, Oluyomi, Rosas, Linos.

Statistical analysis: Oluyomi, Nava, Bondy, Linos.

Obtained funding: Linos.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Nelson, Simard, Nava, Bondy, Linos.

Study supervision: Nelson, Linos.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Linos reports receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health (DP2CA225433 and K24AR075060). No other disclosures are reported.

Funding/Support: This work was funded in part by the Clinical and Translational Science Award Program of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science (UL1 TR001085).

Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funder had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Additional Contributions: We thank those who helped refine survey questions and disseminate the survey on social media: Georgina Armstrong, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine; Wei-Ting Chen, PhD, Stanford University; Esther Choo, MD, MPH, Oregon Health & Science University; Roxana Daneshjou, MD, PhD, Stanford University; Ben Davenport, BSE, MS; Eric L. Ding, ScD; Steve Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD, Stanford University; Meghan Halley, PhD, Stanford University; Esther John, PhD, MSPH, Stanford University; Justin Ko, MD, MBA, Stanford University; and Adam Miner, PsyD, MS, Stanford University. We would also like to thank Lucy Zhang, BA, Stanford University, for technology and social media advice and Meghan Halley, PhD, Stanford University, for programmatic support. None of those acknowledged was compensated.

References
1.
Thompson  LA , Rasmussen  SA .  What does the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mean for families?   JAMA Pediatr. Published online March 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0828PubMedGoogle Scholar
2.
Parodi  SM , Liu  VX .  From containment to mitigation of COVID-19 in the US.   JAMA. Published online March 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3882PubMedGoogle Scholar
3.
Stanford coronavirus study. https://pcrt.stanford.edu/covid. Accessed March 18, 2020.
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