Only about four-in-ten (37%) say they are following it very closely, the lowest percentage for the types of news consumers studied.
And some of the information social media news consumers have seen has been problematic.
More than half (57%) of those who rely on social media for news say they have encountered some or a lot of information about the outbreak that seems completely made up.
In fact, when asked when a vaccine for COVID-19 might be available, only about four-in-ten people in the social media group (37%) said it would take a year or more, the answer most in line with statements by public health experts. The new analysis stems from a survey of 8,914 U.S. adults who are members of the Center's American Trends Panel, conducted March 10-16, 2020.