Nevada Does Well In New Social Distancing Study

States With Wide Open Spaces Score Suprisingly Low

Mitch Kelly
April 27, 2020 - 6:21 am
People practice social distancing as they wait in line to purchase produce from a vendor during the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on April 21, 2020 in San Francisco, California

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - 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.

Over a third of Americans say the COVID-19 crisis has hurt their mental health, according to a recent poll from the American Psychiatric Association. 

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 ranging 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. 

Surprising, states with some of the most wide-open spaces were judged as being places most difficult to scoaial distance: Utah, New Hampshire, Montana, Colorado and Alaska were the Top 5.

Nevada is in the bottom third, ranking 35th out of the 50 states and District of Colombia.

Least Difficult states? From the bottom up: Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

For a look at the full study, click here.