Poll: Americans losing confidence in resuming normal activities

Aug. 3, 2020

As the nation reached 4.5 million reported cases of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projected that the United States could see more than 173,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by August 22, according to a news report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.

According to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker, the United States has over 4.5 million COVID-19 cases and more than 150,000 fatalities.

Recently, Arizona, Mississippi, and Florida each recorded new high case counts in single-day COVID-19 deaths, according to statistics. There were over 250 deaths in Florida, more than 170 in Arizona, and almost 50 in Mississippi. Florida’s tally represents the third-straight day of record-high deaths for that state, and it now has the second-most COVID-19 cases in the nation, with almost 500,000.

The rising case counts have led to an erosion of American confidence concerning when and how to resume normal activities. According to a July 9 survey, 44 percent of Americans said they would send their child back to school if restrictions were lifted, down from 48 percent in June. The percentage of Americans who said they would go to a concert dropped to 23 percent from 30 percent in June, and the percentage who said they would fly on an airplane dropped from 39 percent to 34 percent.

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