After a couple of months of respite, when things were starting to look up and many Americans caught a glimpse of pre-pandemic life, COVID-19 is back on the front pages and on top of many people’s minds. With cases rising and the vaccine rollout stalling, the U.S. is facing another wave of infections and many Americans are concerned about what the more contagious Delta variant means for them and their loved ones.
With uncertainty over the threat of breakthrough infections and the effectiveness of vaccines still high, President Biden will once again address the nation on Tuesday, speaking about his administration’s progress in fighting the pandemic both domestically and around the world.
Amid the latest resurgence of COVID cases, optimism among Americans is quickly fading, as data from polling company Gallup illustrates. When asked about the coronavirus situation in the country in July, just 40 percent of respondents said that things are getting a lot or a little better, down from a pandemic high of 89 percent in June and 84 percent in May. At the other end of the spectrum, 45 percent of respondents think that things are getting worse, up from just 3 percent the previous month.