The most recent survey of American adults conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health
found that 6 in 10 adults feel there will be a "widespread cases of influenza A in the fall with people becoming very sick." However, 61% of the adults surveyed also thought that they would NOT become sick. In addition, people felt "capable and willing" to take care of a sick child (78%) or a sick adult (66%) for 7-10 days if necessary. Almost 27% said they did not have anyone to help care for them if they became sick. No specific questions were asked about ability to set up a sick room, take a temperature, monitor fluid intake or cope with the stress of a rapidly changing situation.