WASHINGTON (AP) – One in every American says they have lost a loved one to a coronavirus, stressing the heartache and the division of hope as the country spends a year normalizing the epidemic.
A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center shows how the stage is set for a two-step recovery. Public concern about the virus fell to its lowest point since the fall, when the holidays began to grow in the new year.
But people who are still mourning are frustrated by the ongoing struggle to maintain security.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s almost like it happened to us yesterday. It’s still fresh, “said Neti Parks, of Volusia, Florida, whose only brother died of COVID-19 in April last year. Due to travel restrictions, Parks and her five sisters still have to hold a memorial.
Parks, 60, said he retired from his customer service job last year because of concerns about the impact of the workplace, which he now fears as more states and cities relax health rules.
Only 3 out of 10 Americans are very concerned about being infected with the virus by themselves or a family member, compared to about 4 in 10 in recent months. Still, most are at least somewhat concerned.
“They leave it to their guard, they should not do it,” Parks said. “People will have to realize that this is not going anywhere. This is not over yet. ”
The victim of COVID-19 is shocking. More than 527,000 people have been killed in the United States alone.
But “it ‘s hard to imagine the real danger if you do not know it yourself,” said Dr. K., head of psychiatry at Wexner Medical Center in Ohio State University. Luan Pan.
For those who have lost a loved one, “that fear is most evident in them.” “They will be much more careful as the business reopens and schools start,” Pan said.
And without first-hand experience, even people who pay attention to requests from health officials to stay away from masks are plagued by epidemic fatigue because “fears are commonplace,” he said.
Colored communities were most affected by the coronavirus. An AP-NORC survey found that about 30% of African Americans, such as Parks, and Hispanics know a close or close friend who has died from the virus, compared with 15% of whites.
It means differences in how people worry about the virus, which remains a serious threat until most of the country is vaccinated around the world. Despite recent declines, 43% of black Americans and 39% of Hispanics are more or less concerned about getting COVID-19 by themselves or a loved one, compared with 25% of white people. (For other racial ethnic groups, the sample sizes are too small to analyze).
Although vaccines offer real hope of ending the plague, the survey found that one in three Americans do not intend to be shot. The most disgusting are the older adults, the people who do not have a college education, the Republicans.
The most seriously injured were vaccinated during the most difficult time. 16% of Americans% 15% of Hispanics say they have already received at least one shot, while 26% of whites say. But the majority of each group wants to be vaccinated.
Currently, the demand for vaccines still exceeds the supply, with 4 out of 10 Americans, especially the elderly, saying the registration process was poor.
Los Angeles-based retired teacher John Պ Perez’s tried to register online for hours before giving up. Then the friend found a vaccination site with holes.
“When I was driving for the first shot, I was going through a tunnel of emotions,” said the 68-year-old. “I knew what a special moment it was.”
In general, confidence in vaccines is slowly growing. The survey found that 25% of Americans do not believe the staff was properly tested, which is slightly less than the 32% who thought they would not be in December, just before the first cleanup.
“We were a little skeptical when it first came out because it was very politicized,” said Bob Richard, 50, of Smithfield, Rhode Island. But now, he said, his family tends to get staff if they can sort out the appointment system when it ‘s their turn.
The poll found that two-thirds of Americans say their fellow citizens across the country did not take the epidemic too seriously.
“Conflict with people who are not as serious as I am is frustrating,” said Wayne Denley, 73, of Alexandria, Louisiana.
Early on, he and his wife began to keep a list of people who knew they were ill. By November, they had counted nine deaths and dozens of infections. He would share the sobering list with people suspected of having an epidemic, but he would still see masked acquaintances doing business.
“I am glad that I wrote them. It helped make me real, ”Denley said. “You’re kind of intoxicated by that.”
There are exceptionally wide party differences. A majority of Democrats, 60%, say their local communities have not been able to adequately perceive the threat, and even more, 83% say the country as a whole has not.
Among Republicans, 31% say their places did not take the epidemic seriously enough, and 44% – the country. But a third of Republicans say the United States has reacted too much.
Differences turn into behavior. More than three-quarters of Democrats say they always wear a mask around others, compared to about half of Republicans.
And the departments are worried about psychiatrist Phan.
“It simply came to our notice then. We owe it to ourselves to be saved. How do we return or compensate for that luck? “The only way to do that is to be stronger in the one year after the epidemic than before,” he said.
Neergaard reported from Alexandria, Virginia, and Renault from New York. Associated Press reporter John on Sever contributed to this report.
The AP-NORC survey of 1,434 adults was conducted from February 25 to March 1, using a sample selected from the NORC probability-based AmeriSpeak panel for the US population. The sampling error range for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.