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Table 1 Percentages of respondents who reported handwashing and disinfecting surfaces often to prevent coronavirus, by demographic characteristics – Spring ConsumerStyles 2020

From: Handwashing and disinfection precautions taken by U.S. adults to prevent coronavirus disease 2019, Spring 2020

Characteristic Categories Washing hands often
n (weighted %)
Disinfecting surfaces often n (weighted %)
All respondents 6013 (93.4%) 4768 (74.0%)
Gender Female 3153 (94.5) 2624 (78.7)
Male 2860 (92.1) 2145 (69.1)
Age 18–29 1194 (91.4) 909 (69.6)
30–44 1546 (90.1) 1182 (73.4)
45–59 1546 (94.7) 1261 (77.2)
≥ 60 1822 (96.4) 1417 (74.9)
Income < $25k 745 (86.4) 587 (68.1)
$25k–$49k 1050 (92.9) 850 (75.2)
$50k–$99k 1977 (93.6) 1560 (73.9)
≥ $100k 2242 (95.9) 1771 (75.8)
Education < High school 550 (84.7) 463 (71.4)
High school 1662 (91.7) 1324 (73.1)
Some college 1713 (95.0) 1812 (76.6)
≥ Bachelor’s degree 2088 (96.0) 1599 (73.5)
Race/Ethnicity Non-Hispanic White 3847 (94.0) 2982 (72.8)
Non-Hispanic Black 683 (91.2) 596 (79.6)
Hispanic 964 (92.0) 816 (77.9)
Multiracial/other 91 (96.4) 68 (72.7)
Self-rated healtha Excellent 2333 (95.4) 1874 (76.6)
Very good 2237 (94.1) 1759 (74.0)
Good 749 (90.0) 566 (68.0)
Fair 577 (92.4) 470 (75.3)
Poor 113 (75.2) 96 (63.4)
Regionb Northeast 1075 (95.4) 865 (76.8)
Midwest 1248 (93.8) 994 (74.7)
South 2264 (92.8) 1815 (74.4)
West 1427 (92.5) 1094 (70.9)
Metropolitan statusc Metro 5233 (93.7) 4169 (74.6)
Non-metro 780 (91.3) 560 (70.2)
  1. aHealth status assessed by asking “In general, would you say your health is…”
  2. bRegion categories based on U.S. Census
  3. cMetropolitan status was defined as a core-based statistical area