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Americans' Top 10 Biggest Fears About the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Anxiety Points
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Anxiety Points

The coronavirus pandemic and its steep death toll, as well as the economic damage it has wrought and the changes it has triggered in our daily lives, have been unsettling at best. A survey conducted April 7-13 by Statista provides a revealing snapshot of people's fears in these challenging and heart-wrenching times, asking nearly 700 participants to identify their main concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are those fears ranked, leading up to what worries Americans most.

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10. Rioting or Looting
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Job Security
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9. My Job Security

24% are concerned about job security.

This statistic might seem low, given that unemployment claims are breaking records, skyrocketing to 6.6 million just for the week ending March 28. More than 16 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March.

8. My Country’s Political Stability
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8. My Country’s Political Stability

28% said the political stability of the nation is one of their current concerns.

7. My Mental Health
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6. Food Shortages
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5. My Economic Situation
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5. My Economic Situation

47% are worried about their own economic situation.

Of course they are — as of December, 69% of Americans had just $1,000 saved, according to a survey at the time, and 45% had nothing in the bank. And that was before the pandemic brought the economy to a near halt and set off record unemployment.

4. My Physical Health
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4. My Physical Health

51% of respondents say their physical health is a big source of worry.

3. My Parents' or Older Friends' Health
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2. My Country’s Economic Stability
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2. My Country’s Economic Stability

69% of survey respondents said the country’s economic stability is a primary source of fear amid the pandemic, which has led to a stock market meltdown, record job losses in the past month, and the shuttering of businesses coast to coast.

Economic stability is another thing that concerns Americans more than survey respondents in China (67%), Germany (59%), and the U.K. (54%).

1. My Family’s Health
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