Most Americans are “not concerned” about coronavirus variants, well more than three years into the pandemic, according to a recent CBS News poll.
The poll request Respondents revealed their concern about new variants of the virus and found most, 52 percent, revealing they are “not concerned.” This reflects an about-face from 2021’s results with the omicron variant of the virus. At the time, 58 percent of those surveyed expressed concern.
The survey also asked respondents to reveal their concern about contracting the virus. This concern reached an all-time high of 77% in April 2020, with most worried about a family member or themselves contracting the virus. This figure has slowly decreased to 68% in March 2021, 55% in March 2022, and 45% in September 2023.
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As has long been the case with the coronavirus, concern, attention and action are all linked: 40% say they follow the news of new variants quite closely, and those most concerned follow it more. news.
Additionally, less than half of all Americans, 43 percent, said they plan to receive the next coronavirus vaccine booster, and that percentage is even lower among independents and Republicans — 37 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats, or 73%, said they planned to benefit from the recall.
Notably, vaccines do not prevent contracting the virus or transmitting it, despite the misinformation touted by President Biden in 2021.
The survey was conducted September 5-8 among 2,335 adult U.S. residents. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.
This comes as some entities express willingness to reinstate mandates or restrictions, such as masks. An elementary school in Maryland, for example, strength some students had to mask up for ten days, and Biden resumed wearing masks indoors after his twice-vaccinated and boosted wife, Jill Biden, contracted the virus for the second time.
These precautions come despite the fact that studies show that masks are ineffective in preventing getting the virus or spreading it – a fact Dr. Anthony Fauci. admitted in a private email from 2020.
“The typical mask you buy at the drugstore is not really effective in preventing entry of the virus, which is small enough to pass through the material,” he wrote.
He has since admitted that universal masking for the “broader population” has not worked, but he continues to claim that it has a benefit for individuals.
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