A recent CBS News survey revealed that, more than three years after the epidemic began, the majority of Americans are actually “not concerned” about coronavirus variations.
The poll asked people how worried they were about new versions of the virus, and most of them (52%) said they were “not worried.” This is the opposite of what happened with the omicron form of the virus in 2021. At the time, 58% of people said they were worried.
People were also asked about how worried they were about getting the virus. This worry hit an all-time high of 77% in April 2020, when most people said they were worried that they or a family member would get the virus. This number has slowly gone down. In March 2021, it was 68 percent, in March 2022, it was 55 percent, and in September 2023, it was 45 percent.
CBS News has more:
“The coronavirus has consistently been associated with concern, attention, as well as action; 40% of respondents say they have followed news concerning the new varieties at least somewhat attentively, and those who are most worried are following the news more frequently.”
Moreover, fewer than half of all Americans, or 43%, stated they intended to receive the next coronavirus vaccination booster; the corresponding percentages for Republicans and independents are even lower, at 21% and 37%, respectively. Seventy-three percent of Democrats stated they intended to get the booster.
Even though President Biden spread false information in 2021, the vaccines do not stop people from getting the virus or passing it on.
The poll was done with 2,335 adults living in the U.S. between September 5 and 8. It has a range of variation of +/- 2.7%.
It comes as some groups say they want to bring back rules or limits, like wearing masks. For example, a Maryland elementary school mandated that certain pupils wear masks for 10 days, and Biden started wearing masks indoors once again when his wife, Jill Biden, who had received two vaccinations and booster shots, became infected with the virus a second time.
Even though studies have shown that masks don’t stop people from getting the virus or spreading it, these steps are still being taken. Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed this in a private email in 2020.
“A virus that is small enough to permeate the material cannot be effectively blocked by the ordinary mask you buy at the drugstore,” the author said.
Although he now acknowledges that universal masking among the “broad population” did not succeed, he continues to maintain that it offers benefits to certain people.