Why some Americans are not protecting themselves from Coronavirus

Despite multiple warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some Americans are still failing to follow key guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Many have heard the term “social distancing.” It context, it means taking the steps to avoid passing on any illnesses by washing your hands, staying 6 feet away from other people, and not gathering in large groups. However, not everyone is taking precautions as seriously as others. Psychology Professor Matthew Gallagher at the University of Houston says there may be a logical reason why.

“This kind of epidemic is not something that we’ve experienced before. So it’s hard to comprehend just how much this can spread around communities with exponential growth,” Gallagher told KTRH.

Gallagher says young people especially need to protect themselves. While they're more likely to recover quickly if they catch the virus, he says they could be the ones to spread it to the older and more vulnerable family members.

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