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Your Weekly Briefing: RTI COVID-19 U.S. Survey Results Webinar Series

A four-part webinar series on the results and analyses of RTI’s ongoing coronavirus survey

Public knowledge and perception of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can help shape the federal, state, and local governments’ response to the pandemic and indicate whether those strategies are effective.

RTI surveyed over 2,000 Americans in April 2020 to capture their awareness of COVID-19, their understanding of how the virus is transmitted, and their levels of support for potential community mitigation strategies. The survey was weighted to reflect the U.S. population. (Learn more about our methodology for this survey.)

In this four-part webinar series, we shared the outcomes from the RTI-funded survey and provide a detailed analysis of the implications from that data. Learn more about each webinar below.

This webinar series has concluded. If you have any questions about the series or are interested in partnering with RTI, contact us.


Webinar 1: Face Coverings and Social Distancing

Wednesday, May 6 | 12:00PM ET1:00PM ET
Learn about Americans’ perceptions on the level of effectiveness and necessity of face coverings and social distancing measures, which may have implications for how strictly they follow guidelines for both.

Presenters: Alicia Frasier, MPHChristine Bevc, PhD, Molly Lynch, MPH, and the RTI COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey Research Team
Moderator: Linda Squiers, PhD


Webinar 2: Knowledge and Understanding

Wednesday, May 13 | 12:00PM ET1:00PM ET
Hear about what Americans’ know and understand about COVID-19, including its transmission, symptoms and treatment, availability of testing and vaccines, and prevention.

Presenters: Lauren McCormack, PhDJessica DeFrank, PhD, Molly Lynch, MPH, and the RTI COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey Research Team
Moderator: Linda Squiers, PhD


Webinar 3: Perceived Risk and Threat

Wednesday, May 20 | 12:00PM ET1:00PM ET
Americans were asked what level of threat the coronavirus poses to themselves, their families, certain populations, and more. See how the country currently views the risk of COVID-19.

Presenters: Jessica DeFrank, PhD, Alicia Frasier, MPH, and the RTI COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey Research Team
Moderator: Pia MacDonald, PhD


Webinar 4: Vaccination

Wednesday, May 27 | 12:00PM ET1:00PM ET
As the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 continues around the world, view Americans’ perceptions on what a vaccine would mean and whether they would use it.

Presenters: Brian Southwell, PhDBridget Kelly, PhD, Molly Lynch, MPH, and the RTI COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey Research Team
Moderator: Pia MacDonald, PhD

View RTI's COVID-19 Research

As part of our vision is to address the world's most critical problems with science-based solutions, our researchers are focusing on providing data and insight into COVID-19.

Learn More