With the holiday season approaching and Americans looking forward to returning to larger family gatherings this year after the worst of the pandemic, a new poll shows a significant number of people are concerned about coronavirus contamination during the festivities.
A recently conducted study by Coupon Follow found that 38 percent of respondents said they were concerned about contracting COVID-19 during the holiday season as more Americans begin to travel and congregate indoors, despite the availability of vaccines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 68 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of vaccine. More recently, children ages 5 to 11 were allowed to qualify for vaccines.
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The poll also found that 40 percent of people said they felt comfortable attending events with unmasked attendees, while 36 percent said they were okay with getting together with unvaccinated people. The poll surveyed 1,106 respondents.
The investigation comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues into a second holiday season. Nationally, the seven-day average for new cases is 70,431, down less than 2 percent from the week before. Although some parts of the country are seeing rising cases as temperatures drop. New cases appear rising in at least 29 states.
But health experts stress Americans should not hesitate to gather with relatives in the coming months once everyone has been fully vaccinated.
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