Decreasing COVID-19 cases and the easing of many local restrictions has American optimism surrounding the coronavirus at an all-time high.
A new Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans believe the COVID-19 situation is improving, the first time a majority has felt that way since Gallup began asking the question in April.
Meanwhile, 26 percent of Americans believe the situation remains as is, while only 14 percent believe it is getting worse.
In the first week of June, 47 percent of Americans believed the situation was improving, the highest mark prior to the latest poll.
A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans are feeling optimistic about COVID-19, with 60 percent of respondents saying the situation is getting better in the country
Additionally, a record-low 22 percent of Americans are worried about COVID-19 tests being available, while 34 percent of Americans are worried about medical services/treatment
Movie theaters in New York City opened for the first time since the pandemic on Friday
That optimism faded away as cases began spiking over the summer and the fall.
In mid-August, a high of 73 percent of Americans were feeling pessimistic about COVID-19, the highest mark recorded.
Another positive development is the declining fear surrounding the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic tests, as well as medical services and supplies.
Only 22 percent of Americans were worried about access to tests, the lowest amount recorded and significantly down from the 60 percent of Americans worried in early April.
Additionally, only 34 percent are worried about access to medical supplies and services, down from earlier in the winter and the late fall, though above the 26 percent low recorded in mid-September.
The number of Americans who feel disrupted by COVID-19, however, has remained relatively steady, with 70 percent feeling that way in the most recent poll.
Gallup reports 70 percent of Americans feel their lives have been disrupted by COVID
On a similar note, 52 percent believe that COVID will remain disruptive beyond June 2021
That statistic peaked at 81 at the end of March and beginning of April after the pandemic was declared a national emergency.
After just four percent of Americans believed COVID-19 would remain disruptive into 2021 last March, many are feeling more realistic about prognosticating the future.
Over half of those polled – 52 percent, believe COVID-19 will remain disruptive beyond the first half of the year, at the least. Meanwhile, 38 percent think it will remain disruptive through June, eight percent believe it will be a few more months, and two percent are looking at a few more weeks.
The poll was taken between February 14 and February 21, prior to the latest news about more variants emerging in the United States, which could dampen optimism in the subsequent poll.
Friday marked the first time in a year that movie theaters in New York City were able to open to the public, albeit with capacity limits.
Mississippi is among states that have eased virtually all restrictions, including mask mandates
In Texas, the mask mandate and almost all coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, which bears watching on COVID-19 data in the coming weeks.
The same is true in Mississippi.
Last week, the FDA issued emergency authorization of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the third to be available in the United States, which is expected to ramp up the vaccination effort significantly.
The CDC reports over 82 million vaccines have been administered so far, with 8.4 percent of the population receiving two vaccine doses and 16.3 percent receiving at least one.
In the United State, there have been 28,817,140 cases of COVID-19, with 520,356 people dying from the virus.
More than 28.8 million cases of coronavirus have occurred, with 520,356 American deaths