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    More than half of Americans say it’s likely they won’t comply with another month long lockdown but 61% believe the virus is getting worse, new Gallup poll shows

    • Only 49% of Americans would agree to stay home for a month for a lockdown
    • If another lockdown is recommended, 33% say they would be somewhat unlikely to comply with restrictions, a new Gallup poll has found  
    • Meanwhile, 61 per cent of Americans believe the situation is getting worse
    • Currently, coronavirus hospitalizations and infections hit single-day highs in US with number of patients spiking to 61,000 and daily infections hitting 136,000

    More than half of Americans say it’s likely they won’t comply with another month long lockdown if recommended by public health officials despite 61 per cent believing that the virus is getting worse, according to a new poll from Gallup

    According to the poll, only 49 per cent of participants said they would be very likely to abide by new lockdown restrictions as cases in the US continue to surge. 

    In comparison, this number is much different than the 67 per cent who said they would shelter-in-place when the virus first broke out in late March and early April.  

    The poll shows that 33 per cent of Americans would be very or somewhat unlikely to comply with another lockdown.  

    According to a new Gallup poll, only 49 per cent of participants said they would be very likely to abide by new lockdown restrictions as cases in the US continue to surge

    Even though a third of the respondents say they are less likely to abide by new lockdown restrictions if any are implemented, the majority of the participants revealed that they believe the outbreak is only going to get worse. A total of 61% believe the situation is worsening

    Even though a third of the respondents say they are less likely to abide by new lockdown restrictions if any are implemented, the majority of the participants revealed that they believe the outbreak is only going to get worse. A total of 61% believe the situation is worsening 

    About 18 per cent said they would be somewhat likely to follow advice for health officials.

    Even though a third of the respondents say they are less likely to abide by new lockdown restrictions if any are implemented, the majority of the participants revealed that they believe the outbreak is only going to get worse. 

    A total of 61 per cent of Americans believe the situation is getting worse compared to 40 per cent in April.  

    That sharp contrast is likely due to the record-breaking cases that have been reported across the US as health officials warn that the winter could be brutal. 

    While this particular poll was taken between October 19 through November 1, areas like the Midwest were seeing spikes in cases on a daily basis. 

    Currently, coronavirus hospitalizations and infections hit single-day highs in the US with the number of patients spiking to 61,000 and daily infections hitting 136,000. 

    One theory behind why more people say they are less likely to stay home, is because their confidence in mask-wearing as a form of protection from the virus has risen (depicted)

    One theory behind why more people say they are less likely to stay home, is because their confidence in mask-wearing as a form of protection from the virus has risen (depicted) 

    About 82 per cent of Americans now believe masks are working in comparison to the 68 per cent from mid-April. And now about 88 per cent of Americans say they are wearing masks (depicted)

    About 82 per cent of Americans now believe masks are working in comparison to the 68 per cent from mid-April. And now about 88 per cent of Americans say they are wearing masks (depicted)

    There are more than 10 million cases of the virus in the US and more than 241,000 deaths have been reported. Texas alone has surpassed 1 million cases and now has more infections than all of Italy, which was one of the first COVID-19 hotspots in the world. 

    Deaths, however, are still about half what they were during the April peak with the average fatality rate at just under 1,000 per day. Fatalities are a lagging indicator and can rise weeks after infections because it takes time for people to get sick and die. 

    In addition to worry that the virus may get worse before it gets any better, the poll also shows a national divide between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to willingness to stay home. 

    According to Gallup, 40 per cent of Republicans are willing to stay home versus 87 per cent of Democrats who would comply with stay-at-home orders.  

    One theory behind why more people say they are less likely to stay home, is because their confidence in mask-wearing as a form of protection from the virus has risen. 

    About 82 per cent of Americans now believe masks are working in comparison to the 68 per cent from mid-April. Researchers forecast that 63 million lives could be saved if most Americans wear masks and social distance. 

    Researchers forecast that 63 million lives could be saved if most Americans wear masks and social distance

    Researchers forecast that 63 million lives could be saved if most Americans wear masks and social distance

    It took some Americans about a month before the practice of mask-wearing became a part of their every day routine with only 51 per cent wearing masks in mid-April to 80 per cent in early May. 

    That percentage was highest in July at 90 per cent and is now around 88 per cent. 

    And while no one wants to go back into a lockdown, president elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 chief believes that shutting down businesses nationally for between four to six weeks could prevent the US from entering ‘Covid hell’.

    Dr Michael Osterholm said Wednesday that a national lockdown may be the best way to keep hospitalizations and deaths down across the country until a vaccine can be distributed.

    He claims that the country’s economy will not suffer as a result, if enough money is borrowed to pay wages during the shutdowns.

    Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, is one of the public health experts that the Biden transition team has appointed to its advisory panel.

    Biden says that the advisory board ‘will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections’. 

    Despite Osterholm’s calls for a national lockdown, Dr Anthony Fauci says he wants to avoid that because there is ‘no appetite for locking down the American public’.

    He has insisted that a national lockdown doesn’t need to happen if people adhere to public health measures like mask-wearing and hand-washing.

    ‘We would like to stay away from that because there’s no appetite for locking down the American public. I believe we can do it without a lockdown,’ Fauci told ABC’s GMA.

    ‘You don’t necessarily have to shut everything down. The best opposite strategy to locking down is to intensify the public health measures short of locking down. If you can do that well, you don’t have to take that step… which has so many implications both psychologically and economically.

    ‘Help is on the way. Vaccines are going to have a major positive impact.’

    It comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday began pulling back opening hours of bars and restaurants, ordering them to close at 10pm daily from this Friday as cases in the state rise.

    New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy also followed suit, closing businesses at 10pm.

    According to state health officials, New Jersey on Tuesday announced its highest daily case total since April at 3,877. The state also recorded its highest death toll since July with 21 deaths.  

    ‘Our numbers have gone up dramatically. Everything is going in the wrong direction. This second wave is without question upon us,’ Murphy said on Good Morning America. 

    Murphy explained that people have been ‘letting their guard down, particularly in and around bars’.

    The governor pleaded with New Jersey residents: ‘Don’t let your hair down even when you’re in your own home, even when you’re celebrating holidays with your loved ones.’ 

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