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About a fifth of adults in the US have moved due to Covid-19 or know someone who did, a new study shows

July 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

When the coronavirus pandemic began its rapid spread from country to country and eventually state to state, what once felt like home was no longer a safe haven for millions of people.

(CNN)When the coronavirus pandemic began its rapid spread from country to country and eventually state to state, what once felt like home was no longer a safe haven for millions of people.

Around one-in-five adults in the US have either moved or know someone who did because of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a new study published by the Pew Research Center on Monday.

While many of those who moved were students who lived on campus and were forced to leave when their campus shut down, 28% of US adults who relocated said they moved to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.

"We certainly found that young adults are the most likely to have moved because of the pandemic," D'Vera Cohn, the author of the study, told CNN.

The fact that so many of them had to move, had someone move into their homes, or know someone else who moved just shows the phenomenon of people having to leave their homes because of the pandemic. "

Seven percent of Asian adults and 6% of Hispanic adults said they moved because of the outbreak, compared with 2% of Whites, the study said.

More than 60% of the adults who moved said they relocated to a family member's home, while the rest moved into a vacation home, with a friend, or temporary housing.

About 9% moved into a new permanent home.

Along with needing more safe distancing from neighbors as well as space for their children, White said his family also need an in-unit washer and dryer to limit how much they had to leave the house and interact with people -- especially with a new baby at home.

White is just one of millions of people who have moved because of the impact the coronavirus has had on their lives.

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