While there have been plenty of reports about canceled flights and cruises due to the coronavirus, the question remains: How many people are actually willing to leave their homes and explore amid the ongoing pandemic? With more than 800,000 new Covid-19 cases reported every day, the answer from one new survey isn't too surprising: a majority of people would rather not, thank you.
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HealthCareInsider polled 1,180 U.S. adults to find out how they felt about the year ahead. Only 34% were comfortable traveling, though travel is the number one thing people are looking forward to doing once the pandemic is over (25%). Tossing out face masks (22%) and visiting family (15%) also made the list.
That doesn't mean Americans are shuttering their doors, however. A majority of survey respondents are comfortable shopping indoors (61%), dining indoors (52%), and attending family gatherings (51%).
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The outlook was pretty bleak in some other areas the survey covered. There was a one-third drop in the number of Americans who think life will return to normal this year, from 61% to 39% — and three in ten think life will never return to normal. Slightly fewer (28%) think it will be 2023 or later.
Still, for those who are hopeful that there may be an eventual end to the pandemic, 61% think vaccines will play a role, up from 51% last year.
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