How people think the pandemic is going


With the authorization of 2 vaccines in late 2020 it seemed like a corner had been turned with the pandemic. A recent poll offers insight into how the public feels like the pandemic is going and when the disruptions caused by it might end.

Although many people looked forward to the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, the pandemic continues with new variants starting to spread and the vaccine rollout stumbling in some locations. A recent poll indicates that many people aren’t expecting to return to a prepandemic life until at least the middle of the year, going from 37% when the poll was run in December 2020 to 55%. In fact, only 8% think it could resolve in a few months and 2% think that it can end in just a few weeks.

It appears that one of the biggest reasons for this change in hopefulness is general dissatisfaction with the rollout of the vaccine, with 68% of the respondents saying that they are very dissatisfied with it. However, there was some positive news with the number of people thinking the pandemic is getting worse going from 63% to 39%.

For more on the poll’s results, check out our sister publication Medical Economics.

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Tina Tan, MD, FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS, editor in chief, Contemporary Pediatrics, professor of pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, pediatric infectious diseases attending, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
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