How Americans are preparing for coronavirus: More than 40% have 'improved ...

The majority of Americans are taking action to avoid contracting coronavirus, a new YouGov survey has found.

Adults in the US say that they are 'improving personal hygiene', avoiding crowded places and refraining from touching as many objects in public as possible.

Health officials have encouraged  hands, avoiding crowded places for older people but have discouraged people wearing masks, saying that they won't do anything to stop the virus from spread.

One-third of Americans said they are not confident that federal and state health agencies could respond to an outbreak of the virus in the US.    

As of Tuesday, there are more than 100 confirmed cases across the nation and seven deaths - all in Washington state.  

Most Americans say they are taking preventative measures such as 42% of people improving personal hygiene habits and 27% of people avoiding crowded places

Most Americans say they are taking preventative measures such as 42% of people improving personal hygiene habits and 27% of people avoiding crowded places

One-third of adults say they are very or somewhat scared of contracting coronavirus, which has sickened more than 100 and killed seven, all in Washington state

Patients infected by  coronavirus wait to be transferred from Wuhan No.5 Hospital to Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built hospital for the patients on March 3

Patients infected by  coronavirus wait to be transferred from Wuhan No.5 Hospital to Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built hospital for the patients on March 3

Medical staff in Wuhan, China prepare to transfer patients infected by coronavirus to Leishenshan Hospital on March 5

Medical staff in Wuhan, China prepare to transfer patients infected by coronavirus to Leishenshan Hospital on March 5

For the survey, YouGov interviewed 1,000 US adults aged 18 and over between February 28 and March 2.

Surveyors asked the participants questions regarding how aware they are of coronavirus, how they are personally responding to the disease and if they believe the government is doing enough.

Results showed that one in three Americans say they are very or somewhat scared of contracting coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19.

Therefore, most say they are taking measures to avoid being infected with the highly-contagious disease.

The most common response was improving personal hygiene habits, such as washing hands frequently, which 42 percent said they were doing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest scrubbing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Worldwide, more than 92,000 people have

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