1. More than 3 in 4 Americans (77%) support the relaxing of CDC guidelines on masking and social distancing in areas with low Covid rates.
3. Among that last group, more than 4 in 10 want there to be no future Covid regulations or mandates put in place.
What these polls makes clear is that, almost no matter what, most people do not want to go back to where we were three months ago, or a year ago or two years ago.
And it’s also why no politician is going to be leaping to put any sort of mandate back in place, even if the Omicron subvariant produces a bump in cases nationwide. (Covid cases are rising in 13 states this week compared to last week, according to Johns Hopkins University.)
There’s no question the highly contagious subvariant will continue to spread in the coming weeks.
But it’s equally clear that the days of government-mandated mitigations — primarily through mask mandates — are over.
The Point: The pandemic feels like it’s over for the majority of Americans. Even if the virus isn’t quite done with us yet.