Survey suggests 16% of Americans are unsure if they will ever feel comfortable going out again in public
Some states may be easing their blocking restrictions on coronavirus, but it may take some time for the public to feel comfortable with life back the way it was.
A survey found that 40% of Americans will actively avoid going to public spaces unless it is “absolutely necessary” for some time after the pandemic has passed.
The study was commissioned by Vital Vio, a healthcare company that uses antimicrobial LED light to disinfect and kill germs.
The survey found that more than a third of Americans are concerned about visiting restaurants, with 27% concerned about re-traveling on public transportation
A survey of 1,000 adults found that 82% of US consumers are now more aware of or concerned about the cleaning tools and protocols used on surfaces in public areas.
58% of Americans now admit that they have less confidence in the cleaning and hygiene practices of their peers, including those they know, both those they know socially and professionally.
34% say they will wait at least a few weeks after the government finds certain public spaces safe to use before venturing into such spaces, while 26% said they will wait even longer – one to two months – while 16% said that they are insecure that they will ever feel comfortable going back to such public spaces.
“While COVID-19 conversations have started to shift from closing to reopening the country, the truth is we’re far from normal life,” said Colleen Costello, CEO and co-founder of Vital Vio, StudyFinds.
16% of Americans say they are unsure if they will ever feel comfortable in public
“Our report even highlights how the increased concerns about germs from Americans can prompt them to avoid social interactions and public spaces unless absolutely necessary, even after it is considered safe by the government.”
The coronavirus has led people to be more concerned about germs than ever before. The survey’s findings suggest that even if people don’t leave their homes, they are still concerned about receiving packages and mailing with 57% of people cleaning them before bringing them in.
According to the study, growing concerns about germs are now increasing that 83% of Americans are buying more chemical cleaners and disinfectants than before.
Outside of the home, most of those 1,000 people who took part in the survey will tell 76% that they will pay more attention to how companies clean their spaces, with just over half threatening to completely withhold their businesses if they don’t be aware of their cleaning practices.
Since health is an important factor, many are now willing to pay a premium in industries such as travel, dining and retail to ensure that improved cleaning protocols are implemented.
The survey found that more than a third of Americans are concerned about visiting restaurants, with 27% concerned about traveling on public transportation.
Almost everyone who participated in the survey believes that companies should make hand sanitizer available to customers. 92% encourage such measures and 78% hope companies are hiring more cleaning staff.
When it comes to offices, many were unsure whether offices would ever be the same.
At least 17% of respondents plan to wait a few more weeks before returning to their office, with 11% saying they will wait a few months
Minimum 17% respondents plan to wait a few more weeks before returning to their office. 11% say they will wait a few months, while another 11% are unsure if they will ever return.
That said, those who answer say they expect employers to take their employees’ health seriously, with 25% threatening to stop working if their employer has not invested in cleanliness.
28% who responded said they were concerned that their office was not cleaned often enough, 23% were concerned about the hygiene of their colleagues, and 22% frustrated that their employees refused to stay at home when they were ill.
81% also expect their local school district to spend more money on cleaning measures
For those with children, more than a quarter plan to wait a few more weeks before sending their children back to school (if that is even an option in their respective states).
81% also expect their local school district to spend more money on cleaning measures.
“In the near future, our ‘new standard’ is likely to mean more conscious and prudent citizens – and that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. It will drive companies and public environments to become cleaner and individuals to be better at personal hygiene, “said Costello. ‘
However, it is important for Americans to keep abreast of the facts: understand at a high level the science behind the spread of disease, the simple steps they can take every day, and the technologies available to protect themselves and their families. ‘