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  • Nearly 1 in 3 Americans continue to leave home for work at least once a week amid coronavirus lockdowns, and 69 percent of those people fear getting the coronavirus.
  • Among Hispanics and African Americans, the fear of bringing home COVID-19 was significantly higher.
  • The poll found more Democrats have this concern than Republicans.

A majority of Americans are afraid of becoming infected with the coronavirus at work and bringing it back home to their families as some states across the country are beginning to lift coronavirus lockdown measures, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll

The poll of more than 8,000 people taken in late April and early May found nearly 6 in 10 Americans working outside the home fear they may bring the virus home and infect others they live with. 


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Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have continued to leave home for work at least once a week, and 69 percent of those people fear getting the coronavirus.

Among Hispanics and African Americans, the fear of bringing home COVID-19 was significantly higher. Seventy-two percent of Hispanics feared becoming infected and bringing it home, while 69 percent of black Americans said the same. Data has shown minorities have been particularly hit hard by the virus, with higher case counts and death tolls. 

The poll found more Democrats have this concern than Republicans. Sixty-six percent of Democrats said they feared bringing COVID-19 home from work, compared to 47 percent of Republicans. 

In terms of employers protecting employees, the poll found nearly 8 in 10 people who work outside their homes say their employers are taking precautions to keep workers safe. Seventy-one percent of workers said employers supplied masks, while 82 percent said they were provided hand sanitizer. Ninety-one percent say they are able to wash their hands with soap and water. 

More than 60 percent of essential workers, however, said it’s unlikely they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in their workplace, while 17 percent said they know of someone at their workplace who has been infected.


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Published on May 15, 2020