A poll released Monday shows that, unlike the vast majority of Americans, 60% of Democratic respondents say they support “instituting or reinstituting face mask and social distancing guidelines.” Meanwhile, only 12% of Republicans agree with bringing these measures back.
The Monmouth University poll shows 62% in opposition to continued mask mandates while 34% are in favor. And an overwhelming majority of Americans, 73%, say we need to accept that COVID is a part of our lives and move on.
Just a day before the poll’s release, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned the country to prepare for the possibility of “a more rigid type of restrictions.” The U.K., along with other areas of the world, have reported an uptick in new COVID cases, as sweeping restrictions have largely disappeared in recent weeks.
Fauci stressed that he wants to avoid using the word “lockdown,” claiming the term has a “charged element.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cases in the U.S. are declining, even as The New York Times says infections are up 45% in the U.K. and 95% in France. Fauci says despite the recent decline in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., the surge in Europe has not hit this country yet. “We certainly will be seeing (an) increase in cases,” Fauci predicted.
The country’s top infectious disease expert partly blames the end of most restrictions for rising cases elsewhere in the world. He also notes the declining protection from previous shots while health officials say Americans need even more doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines.
The World Health Organization issued yet another warning last week that the new Omicron variant, BA.2, is just the “tip of the iceberg” in new cases that are coming.
What is clear, tip of the iceberg or not, is that the American public is genuinely tired of calls for more restrictions and mandates, no matter what most Democrats want to believe. All the warnings in the world don’t change the fact that most have accepted that COVID is now just a part of life, and most would prefer to get on with that life than repeat the ruinous “cure” we saw the last time Fauci had advice for America.