ABC 57 News: Notre Dame researchers release study on behaviors during COVID-19 pandemic

Author: Leigh Lynes

If you stopped going out during the pandemic before ‘stay at home’ orders were even in place, a new study shows you’re not alone.

LEO co-founder Bill Evans and faculty affiliate Chris Cronin just released a study that shows many people stopped going out due to COVID-19. The researchers were looking at the basic trends of social gatherings, establishment closures, and social distancing.

“Businesses and individuals voluntarily took themselves out of the market, started working from home, didn’t go to restaurants, didn’t go to movie theaters because of the concern of the virus,” Evans said. “In most situations, about 75 percent of the decline is actually attributed to cautionary behavior of the part of citizens.”

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