Report Finds Americans Hold Mixed Views on Returning to ‘Normal’ After COVID-19
It's almost equal between those who think its end with have a negative or positive effect
Three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans' views of the virus' impact have stagnated into a complex set of mixed feelings, recent polling suggests, with few believing that the pandemic has ended but most also saying that their lives had returned mostly – if not entirely – to normal.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill last week that would end the national COVID-19 emergency declared in March 2020. The U.S. House approved the measure earlier this year, and the White House has said President Joe Biden will sign it despite "strongly" opposing the bill. The administration had already planned to wind down the emergency by May 11.
In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey about the Biden administration's original plan to end the public health emergency by May, 59 percent of Americans said they expected the decision to have no impact on them or their family, with the remainder about evenly split between the 20 percent who thought it would have a positive effect and the 21 percent who thought the impact would be negative.
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