US COVID concerns fall to record lows ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Last year, the United States reported 1,288 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, before the Memorial Day weekend. More than 46,000 Americans were hospitalized for the virus. And more than 5% of the tests are still positive, suggesting a summer pandemic.

At that time, 70% of Americans Answered “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about COVID-19Only 30% said they were “not too worried” or “not worried at all”.

Just a year later, the latest data show how things have changed dramatically as the United States prepares to celebrate the beginning of the next summer.

People walking near Little Island Park

On May 19, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted all pandemic restrictions, including mandatory masks, social distance guidelines, venue capacity, and restaurant curfew. (Noam Galai / Getty Images)

The good news isn’t just today’s COVID statistics. The average number of deaths per day is about 500. The number of hospitalized patients is less than 27,000.Test positive rate It plummeted to 2.3% — It’s an advantage over last year’s Memorial Day. Large-scale vaccinations have reduced all of these indicators by 10-20% each week, and this trend is unstoppable.

as a result, New Yahoo News / YouGov Poll Concerns about COVID-19 have now dropped to the lowest levels ever in the United States, with only half of Americans being “very worried” (15%) or “somewhat worried” about the virus. “(35%). The other half said they were “not very worried” (30%) or “not worried at all” (20%).

A May 24-May 26 survey of 1,588 U.S. adults found the most encouraging news ever about how the country can wake up from a pandemic sleep and rediscover normal joy. Provides some of.

For example, 58% of Americans believe that the worst American pandemic is already gone. That’s a 14 percent increase last month alone. Similarly, only 32% described COVID-19 as a “very big problem,” about half (61%) of those who said the same thing last summer.

Second, this heightened sense of security is rapidly changing the country’s attitude towards one of the most controversial aspects of the pandemic, the mask. In late March, 78% of Americans said they covered their faces “always” or “mostly” outside their homes. Today, with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that number has dropped to 56 percent. Only 35% said they always wear a mask, a decrease of 22 points over the past two months.

Support for mandatory masks has also declined, dropping from 63% in late April to 57% two weeks ago and 51% today.

Vaccination is driving many of these shifts. Less than a quarter of Americans vaccinated say their lives haven’t changed after receiving the injections. Much more people say they are “less anxious about getting COVID-19” (46%). “I’m not too worried about giving COVID-19 to others” (39%); and “more interact with family and friends” (34%).

New York City teenager

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Perhaps the most striking change is that 27% of vaccinated Americans say they wear masks indoors less often. This is almost twice (15%) that of those who said the same thing two weeks ago. Overall, the proportion of vaccinated Americans who reported wearing masks most of the time or longer decreased by 27 points (60%) from late March.

Overall comfort levels continue to improve overall. Currently, at least half of the country says they personally find it comfortable to get together indoors with vaccinated people (59%). Hugging vaccinated people with masks (50%); Eating and drinking in indoor bars and restaurants (50%). And the number who said they were accustomed to various other activities hugged unvaccinated people without masks (29%). Handshakes (40%); Gather indoors with unvaccinated people (31%). Participation in sporting events in closed arenas (29%); Flying to family trips (35%); and returning to the office (35%) — Everyone has increased in the last two weeks.

Part of this ease may also permeate the attitude towards vaccination itself. Only 18% of Americans say they will not be vaccinated, the lowest number ever. Since early May — states across the country Started encouraging vaccination with prizes and other rewards — Republican supporters (down 7 points to 28 percent). Latin Americans (down 5 points to 13%); and Americans earn less than $ 50,000 a year (down 3% to 23%).


The Yahoo News survey was conducted by YouGov using a national sample of 1,588 US adults interviewed online from May 24 to 26, 2021. US Census Bureau, 2020 presidential election (or no vote) and voter registration status. Respondents representing all adults in the United States were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel. The error is about 2.8%.


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