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Americans less concerned about coronavirus exposure at doctor's office, hospital: poll

Americans less concerned about coronavirus exposure at doctor's office, hospital: poll
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Fewer Americans say they are very concerned with the possibility of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, during a trip to the hospital or the doctor's office than they were during the height of the pandemic.

Gallup said Monday that 22 percent of respondents in its latest survey said they are very concerned with such a possibility, down from 44 percent in poll conducted in late March and early April.

The number of Americans moderately concerned with contracting coronavirus at a health center remained about the same, rising from 40 percent to 42 percent, while the percentage of Americans "not too concerned" about contracting the virus while seeing a doctor doubled from 13 percent to 26 percent.

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Even though men are at higher risk from the disease, they were less likely than women, 55 to 70 percent, to show concern about visiting a doctor's office, according to Gallup, which noted that concern among all age and demographic groups is dropping.

Apprehensions are still sharply divided among political lines, with 80 percent of registered Democrats saying they are at least partly concerned, compared to 42 percent of Republicans, the survey giant noted.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 100,000 Americans and infected more than 1.8 million. States around the country ordered nonessential businesses to begin closing in March as officials have worked for weeks to prevent the virus from further spreading.

Gallup's poll surveyed 6,065 U.S. adults between May 14-24, with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.