Stark Graph Shows How People Really Feel About Life After Covid

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People wearing masks around London soon after the Omicron variant was found in the capital
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More adults now believe that life cannot go back to pre-pandemic normalcy than in surveys conducted in October and summer.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released new figures showing that public attitudes towards COVID have weakened sharply since March.

The general mood appears to have hit an all-time low after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Omicron “a form of concern” in late November.

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Attitudes to COVID-19 among adults in the UK
Attitudes to COVID-19 among adults in the UK
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According to Findings of the ONS in the Opinion and Lifestyle Survey, In a survey conducted between November 18 and November 28, 16% of adults think life will never be back to normal.

There has been a slight drop in the number of people who believe it will take more than a year even to return to normal – now a third of respondents believe that, compared to 36% earlier.

An optimistic 4% of respondents claim that it is only four to six months away from returning to normal life.

These results came shortly before the new social distancing measures went into effect on Tuesday.

How does this compare to earlier in the pandemic?

Only eight out of nine people thought everyday life would go back to pre-pandemic life a month earlier – during the summer, the figure was even higher, with nine out of 10 respondents feeling that normality would soon come. Will only come back.

Although the second wave of Kovid was at its peak in January 2021, people hoped that even then life would be back to normal.

Only a small fraction – just 3% – of adults said at the time that life would never be the same again, when the UK was in its third lockdown.

Is it realistic to say that life will never return to normal?

The government appears to be looking forward to similar booster campaigns against other COVID mutations in the future, as Downing Street has ordered millions of additional vaccine doses for 2022 and 2023.

Speaking on BBC Question Time, Vaccines Minister Maggie Throop acknowledged that annual vaccinations are likely to be needed and “it would be wrong of us not to be prepared”.

However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has indicated that if the Omicron version is only as permeable as the Delta version – rather than being more contagious – he intends to lift all existing social restrictions.

The government this year has encouraged people to continue with their social schemes, as long as everyone takes “cautious” measures.


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