Coronavirus Update: Most Americans aren’t worrying about COVID this holiday season

by | Dec 7, 2022 | Stock Market

More than 80% of people in the U.S. say, “We are in a better place than we were a year ago,” according to the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus index, as many say they have returned to their pre-COVID routines. Only one-third of those polled say they wear a mask some or all of the time in public even as the holiday season hits full swing and COVID infections and hospitalizations are rising in the U.S.

“With majorities getting out and about and only about 1 in 4 saying they’re taking steps to avoid COVID or the flu, for most people this is going to be a COVID worry- free holiday,” Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs, told Axios. Another poll tracking COVID sentiment in the U.S. showed that concern about the virus was low among all age groups in November — though not as low as it was earlier this fall. COVID news to know:
China loosens more COVID restrictions; worries about Chinese deaths persist. The country said Wednesday that mass testing will no longer occur in regions that aren’t high risk, people with mild symptoms can isolate at home instead of quarantine centers, and authorities cannot block fire escapes and public exits in locked-down areas, according to the New York Times. However, there are concerns that loosening restrictions could lead to 1 million deaths in China this winter, based on predictions from Wigram Capital Advisors, the Financial Times reported. 

Did political ideology interfere with the U.S. COVID response? Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical officer to President Joe Biden, told NBC’s “Nightly News” that “the degree of divisiveness in this country right now has really led to such a polarization that it has interfered with an adequate science-based public health respo …

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