While the CDC has pointed to some possible factors that may be contributing to this pattern, the public is divided in its perceptions.
One-in-ten U.S. adults say they have taken part in citizen science in the past year, and 26% say they have ever done so.
65% of U.S. adults say that they have personally worn a mask in stores or other businesses all or most of the time in the past month.
Black Americans stand out from other racial and ethnic groups in their attitudes toward key health care questions associated with the pandemic.
Polling finds public trust in medical scientists has increased but only among Democrats – while optimism about a vaccine is broadly shared.
Relatively few Americans say they have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, but many more believe they may have been infected.
About six-in-ten Americans believe social distancing measures are helping a lot to slow the spread of coronavirus in the nation.
Americans’ expectations for the year ahead include an effective treatment or cure for COVID-19, as well as a vaccine to prevent the disease.
A majority of Americans continue to say their greater concern is that state governments will lift coronavirus-related restrictions on public activity too quickly.
Distress levels changed little overall from March to April, but this concealed considerable change at the individual level over this period.