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en people living in one-adult households (45%) and about one third of low-income (36%), African-American (34%), disabled (33%), and chronically ill (32%) adults say they would not have anyone to take care of them if they were sick and had to remain at home that long.

A substantial proportion of the public believes that they or a household member would be likely to experience various problems, such as losing pay, being unable to get the health care or prescription drugs they need, or being unable to get care for an older or disabled person, if they stayed at home for seven to ten days and avoided contact with anyone outside their household.

School Closings If schools and daycare were closed for one month, 93% of adults who have major responsibility for children under age 5 in daycare or age 5 to 17 and have at least one employed adult in the household think they would be able to arrange care so that at least one employed adult in the household could go to work. Almost as many (86%) would be able to do so if schools were closed for three months. However, six in ten (60%) say that at least one employed person would have to stay home if schools were closed for a month.

Only one-fourth (25%) of employed people who have major responsibility for children under age 5 in daycare or age 5-17 in their household say that if schools and daycare closed for one month, they would be able to work from home and take care of the children.

More than nine in ten (95%) adults with major responsibility for children age 5 to 17 report that they would be willing to give school lessons at home if schools were closed for three months.

More than eight in ten (85%) of these adults also think that if schools were closed for three months and public health officials recommended it, they would be able to keep their children and teenagers from taking public transportation, going to public events, and gathering outside home while schools were c
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