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The Mighty Survey: 7 Weeks and 60,000 People in the Life of a Pandemic

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Concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to mount across the nation, especially regarding social distancing guidelines, the lack of available testing and the time it will take to develop an effective vaccine.

For the seventh consecutive week, The Mighty checked in with its audience, the largest healthcare community in the world, to measure the mood. We ran a survey from April 20 to April 22, hearing from thousands of Mighty members.

Overall, the top three concerns are loved ones with existing conditions getting the illness (42%), social distancing not being followed (35%) and lack of available tests (28%)

“The worries I have are shifting. At first it was concern about the virus itself, but now it’s more about relaxing social distancing and what will happen when it’s over. I’m the same amount worried, I think, but about different things.”

Our seventh weekly survey showed that the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives is becoming very clear, with isolation being at the top of the list. Please tap through our survey feature below, “Seven Weeks in the Life of a Pandemic,” for a ranking of the daily impacts and a recap of America’s shifting attitudes.

The coronavirus is unique in that it impacts all of us, whether we’re at risk or not. We will continue to survey our members over the next weeks and months to measure their mood, needs and the broad ramifications of this deadly virus.

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For more information from The Mighty, check out our coronavirus topic page, where you can find new stories and daily thoughts and comments from our members.


  • 10-minute survey around awareness, perceptions, and experience with the coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Total of 5,775 global respondents
  • Fielded from April 20, 2020 – April 22, 2020

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What Is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is a new-in-humans coronavirus that causes respiratory infection. The virus’s most common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and in severe cases, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. Other symptoms may include a loss of smell and taste or digestive issues. The coronavirus is highly contagious and is believed to spread to at least two people for every one person infected. Because it can take days for symptoms to appear, people can spread COVID-19 before they know they’re contagious.

Getty image by Nadzeya_Dzivakova.

Originally published: April 23, 2020
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