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More Americans Are Wearing Face Masks, Worrying About Social Distancing During Coronavirus Resurgence

A sharp increase in cases has some Americans worried

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As more states are seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, 54% of Americans are concerned about the lack of social distancing in their area, according to a new Gallup poll.

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The poll, which was taken from June 22 through 28, is the first one that marks a majority vote about social distancing woes. Of those worried about social distancing, 19% are very worried and 35% are moderately worried. Meanwhile, 21% are not worried at all.

The same poll found that 86% of U.S. adults wore a mask when out in public during the past week. 

Compared to the 86% of adults who have worn face masks in public in the last seven days, when the same poll was taken in early April, only 51% of U.S. adults had worn masks in public. Still today, 11% of people have stated that they have not considered wearing a mask.

In early June, when some states were starting to loosen their restrictions on social distancing and mandatory mask wearing, Gallup’s polling showed that 41% of Americans were worried about the lack of social distancing happening near them.

States like Florida and Texas, whose beaches, restaurants and bars have reopened, have seen increased news coverage as their numbers spike — something that could lead to heightened worrying about the virus.

Although the CDC recommends wearing face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus in conjunction with proper social distancing and frequent hand washing, there have been politically-fueled debates over the issue since President Trump said he would not wear one in front of cameras. Gallup states that 98% of Democrats have worn a face mask in the past week, whereas 66% of Republicans have worn one in the past week.

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