Census Bureau to Launch Virus Survey

Questions seek glimpse of life in pandemic.

Over the next three months, the Census Bureau will track changes among small businesses and the American public due to the coronavirus pandemic in a pair of surveys the agency announced late yesterday.

The Small Businesses Pulse Survey and Household Pulse Survey will try to get a glimpse of the public in the middle of a pandemic. In its justification to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Census Bureau said no other survey has been able to adequately capture the impacts the crisis has had on the country.

The Census Bureau will ask small businesses and households about economic upheaval, stay-at-home measures, and other ways the pandemic has influenced their lives. The first emails are scheduled in the next few weeks.

“These rapid response data will provide federal, state, and local agencies critical information to guide real-time response and interventions,” the agency wrote in its OIRA submission.

More than 13 million households and businesses in all 50 states and the 50 largest metropolitan areas will be included in the survey.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the new survey by the Census Bureau to accurately reflect the impact of the coronavirus by determining what other surveys have not been able to do.
  • For a stronger response to the Bureau’s survey than has been received so far by the regular census taking for 2020.

Sources: Roll Call, USA Today


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