A recent study has revealed that people were unable to follow social distancing guidelines issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stanford University has carried out the study and surveyed almost 20 thousand people who have shared their responses on Facebook and Twitter.

The survey was conducted between March 14 and March 23 of 2020. It was a period when requests of staying at home were first introduced in the United States. The discoveries, which are important for a bigger report published in the American Medical Association Journal, indicated that 39.8% of the individuals are still not following the social distancing rules.

Almost 28% of the respondents said that the common reason for not staying at home or not following the social distancing rules is that they want to step out and work. One of the responders said that staying at home can lead to unemployment, which nobody wants. 

The second most basic reason is routine workouts. Almost 20.3% of the people said they go outside of their houses because of social, physical, and routine activities. It may cause them cabin fever if they self-isolate them in their houses. Another respondent stated that I need to get outside of my house for my own rational satisfaction.

Childcare was accounted for by 4.8%, similar to the motivation behind why they didn’t follow social distancing orders. One of the responders said that I have children and it’s difficult to keep them grounded in the house constantly.

Different reasons are given for not following social distancing guidelines. It showed that the members own their convictions, for example, accepting that hand washing alone was sufficient to stop the spread of the infection, needing to proceed with their daily routine works, and accepting that society was going overboard to the COVID outbreaks.

The recently studied group additionally demonstrated more anxiety than others. They use the words “restless,” “upset,” and “anxious” after following social distancing rules for reducing the danger of COVID-19. But as a result of this, a group of people by the age of 65 or up demonstrated minor changes in their reactions.