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Fears of contracting COVID-19 at lowest level in past year: Gallup

Fears of contracting COVID-19 at lowest level in past year: Gallup
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Fears of contracting the coronavirus have reached the lowest level in the past year according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday as the country turns a corner in the fight against the pandemic.

The poll showed that just 30 percent of Americans say they worry about catching the illness, the lowest figure since Gallup began tracking concerns in April 2020. That total marked a 5-point drop from March and a 29-point fall from the high of 59 percent in August.

Worries have dropped the most among Democrats, 43 percent of whom are concerned compared with 69 percent in February. Worries have fallen 16 percent among independents and 13 percent among Republicans since February.

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The decline in Americans’ worries over the virus comes as the country looks to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror

The U.S. hit its lowest seven-day average for deaths Monday since July 2020, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures, and the average number of new cases per day dropped to under 40,000 for the first time since September. 

The gains in the fight against the coronavirus are being fueled largely by rising numbers of vaccinations in the U.S. The country is getting another weapon in its arsenal after the CDC this week said adolescents as young as 12 can immediately start receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.

Despite the progress, some Americans are still concerned about the country’s battle against the virus. Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said the coronavirus situation is getting better, though that marked a drop from February when 77 percent said the situation was improving. 

Experts have said continuing the downward trend in cases is reliant on unvaccinated Americans continuing to adhere to health guidelines like mask wearing and social distancing. However, only 30 percent of Americans said they are completely or mostly isolating themselves from people outside their household, a drop of 8 points from March. The poll also marked a drop in avoidance of activities such as going to public places such as stores or restaurants or attending small gatherings with family or friends. 

The Gallup poll surveyed 3,731 adults via self-administered web surveys from April 19-25 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.