Most Americans say their lives are at least approaching prepandemic normality, according to a recent study.
While 12 percent of adults think their lives are the same as they were before the pandemic, 54 percent think their lives are somewhat the same, according to the poll, published Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and The SCAN Foundation.
A smaller proportion, 34 percent, think their lives are not the same.
The poll was conducted in mid-May when, as now, hospital admissions rose nationwide.
According to the survey, a slim majority of 51 percent of Americans think getting a Covid-19 vaccine is essential for them, while 39 percent think almost all people need to get the vaccine before things can go back to the way they were.
Fifty percent of Americans believe the availability of effective treatments for Covid-19 is essential for participating in public life.
Only 22 percent think wearing masks in indoor public areas is essential to return to prepandemic life, while 20 percent think regular testing is essential.
The study also found that black and Hispanic adults valued indoor masking and regular testing more than white adults.
While 78 percent of black respondents said most people wearing face masks in indoor public areas would bring life back to normal, 62 percent of Hispanic and 44 percent of white respondents agreed.
When asked whether most people should be tested regularly, 71 percent of black people answered yes, compared with 58 percent of Hispanics and 42 percent of white people.
In the survey, 87 percent of respondents said they would socialize with friends and family; 79 percent planned to go to a bar or restaurant, visit elderly relatives, travel and attend personal religious services; 65 percent said they were ready to work out at a gym or studio; and 50 percent would use public transportation.