Does anxiety play a functional role in combating COVID-19? In a representative sample of Americans (N = 8,053) surveyed March 19–24, 2020, anxiety predicted more social distancing, even after controlling for depression and loneliness, demographics, urban location, and political ideology. Liberals were more anxious than conservatives, partially explaining why liberals socially distanced more.
Ori Cantwell, Wesleyan University
Kostadin Kushlev, Georgetown University