Over 100 days have passed since states began to issue stay-at-home orders in response to COVID-19. On June 24, the U.S. reported 38,672 positive COVID-19 tests, marking the largest daily increase in new cases since a previous high recorded two months earlier. While the Northeast has largely controlled the transmission of the virus, the sudden rise in cases in states like California, Texas, and Florida has prompted state governments and businesses to reevaluate their plans for easing lockdown measures. Hoping to keep their own numbers under control amidst this resurgence, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut – states once at the epicenter of the outbreak – have recently announced travel advisories that require people arriving from states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for 14 days.
With 100 days behind us and COVID-19 now surging in the South and West, we look back at our previous findings to identify shifts in general sentiment and behavior as the crisis continues to evolve. We track changes in nervousness across regions and generations over time, as well as Americans’ predictions around the return to normalcy in the U.S. As states continue their phased approach to reopening businesses, we also check in with our audience to learn which types of establishments they would feel most comfortable going to in the next 30 days.