Less than half of Americans believe daily routine will return to normal by June: poll

A sign alerts customers that a business in Queens, which has one of the highest infection rates of coronavirus in the nation, is closed on April 03, 2020 in New York City.
A sign alerts customers that a business in Queens, which has one of the highest infection rates of coronavirus in the nation, is closed on April 03, 2020 in New York City. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A new survey shows that amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic fewer than half of Americans believe their lives will return to normal by June.

The poll, conducted by ABC News/Ipsos, found that just over 90% of Americans now say the novel coronavirus outbreak has disrupted their daily routine.

"Among those saying this, 44% said they think they will be able to resume their regular routine by June 1, including 13% who said by May 1, while a combined 84% believe that will happen by the end of the summer," ABC News reported of the findings.

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As a result of the outbreak, many states with large metro areas have mandated stay-at-home orders over the past three weeks to help prevent further spread of the virus. They also ordered businesses deemed as "non-essential" to close.

Large events have been canceled, most school systems and universities have closed for the remainder of the school year, and many religious services are now only online. Widespread social distancing guidelines have also been issued, advising people to avoid crowds and stand 6 feet apart when outdoors or inside grocery stores. 

When asked what they most miss since the outbreak began, 20% said they miss their "freedom," 19% said they miss being with friends, and 11% said they miss their "family." Among those surveyed, 10% said they most miss dining out, 9% said shopping, 7% said working, and 6% said church. Only 2% of respondents said they miss entertainment and 1% said they miss sports.

"Differences by [political] party are even starker when looking at those expressing a high level of concern. Among Democrats, 61% said they are very concerned, followed by independents at 53% and Republicans at 33%," ABC News added.

Although President Trump said two weeks ago that he hoped there would be a return to normalcy by Easter Sunday with some churches being able to reopen for the holy day, his posture shifted this week when his administration projected that as many as 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die of complications from the virus. He stressed that a "very painful" few weeks are ahead.

As 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits during the last two weeks, it's unknown when life will return to normal in the U.S. The novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, late last year, has spread worldwide, affecting 182 countries.

Worldwide, there have been over 1.1 million confirmed cases and over 60,100 related deaths since the start of the outbreak in December, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center

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