WASHINGTON — Social distancing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as the main way the virus spreads is through close contact between people.
However, keeping people apart is not so easy in practice. While some people may enjoy the opportunity to stay in more, many are negatively affected by the new constraints on their social life, jobs, exercise regimens, shopping opportunities and more.
The WalletHub survey found Utah is the most difficult state for social distancing.
In order to find out where social distancing is most difficult, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics.
Our data set ranges from whether residents have supportive relationships to how non-essential travel has changed due to the pandemic and how much consumers spent on social activities before COVID-19.
Utah came out No. 1 with the overall highest rank. The state ranked highest for "social environment" and second highest for "time spent on social activities."