Waning COVID-19 Concerns Among Americans As the holiday season approaches, about three-quarters of U.S. adults express minimal worry about contracting or spreading COVID-19, according to a recent survey by KFF. This sentiment comes despite concerns about a potential rise in hospitalizations.
Survey Insights: Low Fear, Limited Precautionary Measures The survey indicates that the majority of adults feel either “not too worried” or “not at all worried” about the virus impacting them or their close ones. In terms of hospitalizations, around 46% express some level of concern regarding a potential increase this winter, mirroring last year’s sentiment.
Hospitalization and Flu Activity Trends Current CDC data reveals approximately 14,700 COVID-19 hospitalizations for the week ending November 4, compared to about 23,600 during a similar week in 2022. Notably, a significant rise in hospitalizations occurred post-Thanksgiving last year. Concurrently, the U.S. is experiencing an uptick in flu activity.
Vaccination and Preventive Actions Despite the proven efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in reducing severe illness, only slightly more than half of the adults surveyed plan to receive the newest vaccine released in September. A substantial number of these individuals had previously been vaccinated. The survey also found that about half of the adults do not intend to take additional precautions, such as avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks in crowded spaces, avoiding travel, or refraining from indoor dining.
Political and Racial Disparities The survey highlights significant political and racial divides in attitudes towards COVID-19. Democrats are notably more likely than Republicans to receive the latest vaccine and take preventive measures. Similarly, Black and Hispanic adults show a higher inclination towards both vaccination and precautionary actions compared to White adults.
Methodology and Representation The findings of the KFF report are derived from responses gathered from approximately 1,400 adults across the nation, interviewed between October 31 and November 7, offering a comprehensive insight into current public attitudes towards COVID-19 as the holiday season unfolds.