Background/Justification: The U.S. government are rapidly adapting to the outbreak and calling for individuals to place restrictions on their daily life. The goal of these restrictions is to reduce the rate of infection for long enough to allow the health system to respond. Mass ‘buy-in’ and adherence to these guidelines is crucial in our country’s response to this pandemic. There is likely to be heterogeneity in individual adherence to these guidelines. A deeper understanding of what motivates individuals to adhere to recommendations would ultimately help public policymakers design successful messages and guidance as the pandemic evolves. Objectives: We aim to investigate what sources of information: government, private, or social networks, are associated with public understanding of coronavirus, understanding of guidelines of self/other-protections, and risk perception. Additionally, we will explore the relationships between adherence to CDC guidelines and (1) accuracy of knowledge about coronavirus, (2) perceptions of the personal and global risk of the coronavirus. We propose a theoretical framework that describes relationships between information sources, knowledge, risk perception, and adherence.