Americans are worried about coronavirus variants

By Marisa Fernandez | Axios | April 1, 2021

Americans are worried about the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants, and are still willing to take safety precautions as a result, according to new Harris Poll data.

Why it matters: Despite the race to vaccinate as many people as possible, the variants are fueling another surge in cases across the U.S.

By the numbers: 62% say they aren’t comfortable traveling within the U.S., due to the variants.

  • 60% say they wouldn’t be comfortable in indoor settings like gyms or restaurants without wearing a mask.
  • 58% say they are still uncomfortable with medium- or large-sized gatherings.

Methodology: The survey was conducted March 26-28 among a representative sample of 1,989 American adults.

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