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Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans forget COVID, take vacations without precautions

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Americans aren’t taking steps in order to avoid COVID-19 prior to going on vacation and also have no bandwidth for another health crisis like monkeypox, based on the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: Our perception of personal risk has fallen to a spot where travelers’ most typical precaution is merely to clean or sanitize their hands more often and less than half even do this.

  • The poll findings nonetheless suggest a third of Americans have become or somewhat acquainted with “rebound” cases of COVID in people who’ve taken Pfizer’s antiviral treatment Paxlovid.
  • Not even half said these were worried about the monkeypox outbreak, and 64% said they’re unlikely to have the monkeypox vaccine.
  • “We’re coping with the scar tissue formation of the pandemic,” said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs. “Public opinion has been beaten down, and several people have no idea whether it’s just better to continue without taking extra precautions.”

By the numbers: 1 / 2 of the 1,047 adults interviewed said they’d gone on holiday or taken trips to see family or friends during the past 90 days.

  • A lot more than seven in 10 said they didn’t take precautions like wearing masks or limiting socializing to lessen the risk to getting COVID-19 before vacation.
  • 37% said there is some or perhaps a large amount of risk involved with time for their pre-pandemic life, in comparison to 53% this past year.

Between your lines: The findings show an ongoing bifurcation where roughly one quarter of Americans remain alert to the span of the pandemic and do something like masking more often than not and limiting indoor dining.

  • That subset will lean Democratic and has already been vaccinated.
  • 80% of the group said they’d be ready to get reformulated boosters offering better protection against new variants, like Omicron.

On the other hand, roughly two out of three people say they’re seeing people beyond their households, eating out and shopping.

  • Social distancing reaches an all-time low, with only 29% saying they’ve stayed in the home and avoided others whenever you can during the past week.
  • Slightly more folks say they trust President Biden to supply them with accurate home elevators COVID-19 than 8 weeks ago (43% vs. 39%).
  • “Folks are going about their daily lives, but COVID continues to be lingering,” Young said. “Almost always there is that specter in the backdrop.”

What things to watch: The findings also claim that while 53% say they’ve found out about the monkeypox outbreak, the general public largely views it as an issue affecting others.

  • Democrats and folks surviving in cities appear more concerned and ready to get vaccines.

Methodology: This Axios/Ipsos Poll was conducted Aug. 12-15 by Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel. This poll is founded on a nationally representative probability sample of just one 1,047 general population adults age 18 or older.

  • The margin of sampling error is 3.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results in line with the entire sample of adults.

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