Most Hoosiers weren’t worried about an infectious disease outbreak before COVID-19. That was one of several findings from a recent Indiana University survey of Indiana residents.
None of the people involved in creating the Hoosier Life Survey knew the novel coronavirus pandemic was coming. Infectious disease wasn’t even the focus. Instead, the survey was designed to gather public opinion on environmental change. But the results of one question have become especially significant in the current circumstances.
“I think that it is an eye opener,” said Eric Sandweiss, a history professor at Indiana University.