More than six in 10 Americans are optimistic the coronavirus pandemic will improve, according to a poll released Monday, but a sizeable portion expect continued disruption to schools and travel for the rest of the year.
While 63% say the situation in the US surrounding the pandemic is improving – up 20 percentage points from January, when the highly contagious disease broke out omicron Variant caused a lace in cases — 25% believe things will not change significantly and 12% expect things to get worse, a Gallup Poll found.
In January, 58 percent of respondents thought the coronavirus was getting worse.
The highest rate of optimism was 89 percent in June 2021, when the number of people receiving the vaccine rose and coronavirus cases fell.
But that percentage plummeted to 15% in August with the rise of Delta variant.
The poll, conducted between February 15 and February 23, when many states began to ease mask and other coronavirus restrictions, shows 9% believe the disruptions would continue for a few more weeks; 24%, a few more months; and 38% by the end of 2022.
About two years after businesses and schools shut down because of the coronavirus, 34% of Americans say they are “very/somewhat worried” about catching it — down 20 percentage points from April 2020.
Only 6% say they are “very worried”.
The poll found that 55% are concerned about the emergence of new variants, 50% are concerned about people refusing to get the vaccine, 31% are concerned there will be enough hospital care and treatment, as will the same percentage about the lack of welfare distancing.
Only 19% worry about getting enough testing.
The survey surveyed 2,849 adults and has a plus/minus margin of error of 2 percentage points.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/americans-say-covid-is-getting-better-but-still-expect-disruptions/ Americans Say COVID is Getting Better But Still Expect Disruptions