Are you comfortable with traveling right now? If so, you’re among 34% of Americans who probably are. That’s according to HealthCareInsider, unveiling results on January 7. On the other hand, 20% of those surveyed said they wouldn’t be comfortable with traveling until 2023. Fortunately, the survey also revealed that confidence in Covid-19 vaccines rose by 10% from the previous year.
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The survey was written by Jamie Ballard, a freelance writer and data journalist. The survey was conducted via a Survey Monkey audience December 13, 2021. The national sample featured 1,183 U.S. adults 18+. The error estimate is plus or minus 2.0. Visit HealthCareInsider for complete findings. The first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant Omicron was December 1, 2021. In mid-January, there have been reports that Omicron may have peaked in parts of the U.S. However, in Europe, the variant is expect to infect 50% in the next 6-8 weeks.
Five Notable Findings From The HealthCareInsider Survey
When Do You See Life Returning To Normal
Of those surveyed, just 25% of Americans expect to see life return back to normal in Summer 2022. 9% thought Fall 2022 would return to normal, with Winter 2022 at 5%. Nearly a third of the people believed normalcy would return in 2023 or later. The remaining 30% of people believe that life will never return to normal.
What Activities Are You Comfortable Doing?
The survey shows that 32% percent of Americans are comfortable not wearing a mask in public. In contrast, 17& will never be comfortable without wearing a mask. Currently, 61% are comfortable shopping indoors and 52% drinking and dining indoors. More than half of Americas are comfortable with family gatherings. Conversely, 3% may never be comfortable.
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Which Are You Looking Forward To Once The Pandemic Is Over?
The most favored things to do once the pandemic is over is travel. 25% ranked travel at the top, followed by not wearing a mask in public at 22%. Other notable things are family gatherings at 15% and live entertainment 0%. Activities like drinking and/or dining indoors and shopping indoors were far behind.
Which Activities Are Limited Due To Covid-19 Variants
There is no doubt that omicron has limited activities that Americans enjoy. Indeed, 37% of Americans say travel is affected. That’s to say nothing of the thousands of flight cancellations since December. 34% Americans also say that live entertainment is impacted. Although this may be true, it will be interesting if fans attend Super LVI (56) at SoFi Stadium. Furthermore, omicron may also impact Super Bowl parties across the country.
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Do You Think The Pandemic Will Affect Your Finances This Year
Unless the health environment improves, investments and savings will be impacted. In fact, three times as many Americans think their investments will fall rather than rise. 12% say their savings will run out although only 6% are worried to lose a job. But then again, 7% say they can get a better job this year.
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About The Author:
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, he reportedly had a digital audience reach of 489 million and more than 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additional stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University.