04/07/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2020 02:20
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gallup has been polling Americans daily since March 13 on the COVID-19 crisis via the Gallup Panel. The data is yielding unparalleled insights into how Americans are experiencing the crisis at work, at home, through social distancing and much more.
Here are brief overviews of Gallup's latest content on the COVID-19 crisis, along with an index to past articles.
An Insta-Revolution in Remote Work
Gallup tracking finds that the percentage of workers working remotely has doubled in less than a month. Further, in a possible sign of changes to come in the post-COVID-19 era, the majority of these workers hope to continue working from home as much as their employer will allow once businesses reopen.
Mounting Threats to Job Security
The percentage of employed Americans reporting their employer is reducing hours or shifts due to the coronavirus inched up in the past two weeks. Over this time there has been little change in reports employers are cutting jobs, but a sizable increase in those seeing hiring freezes.
Relying on recent employment figures from the Gallup Panel, Gallup's Principal Economist Jonathan Rothwell estimates that 28% of all U.S. workers are experiencing job loss or reduction as a result of COVID-19. In this piece for The Brookings Institution, Rothwell points out that most of these dislocated workers won't be counted in federal unemployment figures since they won't be actively looking for work.
Rapid Souring of the Economic Mood
Americans have quickly determined that the economy is not merely slowing down but is already in a recession or depression.
Reported Cases 2.5 Times Higher if All Who Sought Test Got One
Rothwell's analysis of Americans' self-reported health symptoms, as documented in daily Gallup Panel interviews, estimates positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. could be much higher than the documented figures found through official COVID-19 testing done to date.
Fear of Exposure to the Coronavirus
One in four Americans (26%) are very worried that they or a family member will be exposed to the coronavirus, and another 48% are somewhat worried. While up from early March, worry has been steady in recent weeks.
Most Americans will feel cross-pressured about visiting a doctor in the coming weeks when needing a consultation or treatment. The majority are very or somewhat concerned about exposing themselves to the coronavirus at doctor's offices or hospitals.
LINKS TO EARLIER STORIES
Review Gallup's findings from the past three weeks on all aspects of the crisis.
Visit Gallup'sCOVID-19 Data BriefsTopic Page for previous editions of this data brief.
Find all Gallup articles about COVID-19 on theCOVID-19Topics page.
Lydia Saad is a Senior Editor at Gallup.