Americans saying return to normal life poses risk lowest since beginning of delta surge: survey

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The risk Americans see in returning to normal life is at its lowest level since the delta variant wave began in August, the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index shows.

The survey found that 55 percent of Americans think resuming pre-pandemic activities poses little to no risk. That number is up 15 percent points since late August, when the delta variant was spreading across the U.S.

Around 60 percent of the individuals surveyed reported feeling that there is little to no risk in going out to eat, going to shopping malls, and hanging out with friends and family.

This rise in confidence in going back to normal activities comes shortly before the holiday season and even more shortly after the U.S. opened its borders to international travel on Monday. 

Some skepticism remains, as 45 percent of survey respondents reported that they are still wearing their masks at all times outside their homes. 

Coronavirus restrictions have loosened since the height of the delta wave in August, when 43 percent of respondents reported that their states or local areas were requiring people to wear a mask in all public spaces. Currently, that number is down to 38 percent.

The loosening of restrictions come as AAA is expecting Thanksgiving travel to return to near pre-pandemic levels, with air travel almost fully recovering from the hit it took during the height of the pandemic.

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