RALEIGH – Despite more than a year of fomenting fear, Pandemic Panic maybe running into the the law of diminishing returns when it comes to Americans’ being fearful of catching the disease with a 99+ percent survival rate.
Of course, it could be the number of Americans being vaccinated; it could be the climbing number that have already been infected, and found it to be not quite so scary; or, that, despite the narrative authors, more and more people are coming to understand the real risk profile of the Wuhan virus.
Whatever the case, Gallup reports that Americans’ are the least fearful they’ve been since the beginning of this ordeal:
- 35% of Americans are worried about catching COVID-19, down from 49%
- 77% say the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. is improving, up from 60%
- 64% report at least a fair amount of disruption to their lives, down from 70%
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Which raises another question; how long will Americans by and large continue their participation in the theater of it all? Wearing masks, limiting attendance (and revenues), avoiding social contact?
That dam may indeed be cracking. Florida and Texas are publicly resisting the trend toward 1984 in the private/public roll out of vaccine passports.
More and more people, while getting the vaccines, are questioning the cost or sense of forgoing life’s pleasures any longer.
Even Dr. Fauci is changing his tune, asserting he doesn’t think we’ll see a ‘fourth wave’ now that vaccines and previously-infected numbers are getting so high.
Could this be light at the end of the tunnel? Only if Americans are intent on escaping the darkness on their own terms. Otherwise, that light could be a train, pushed along by vaccine passports and corporatism’s dive into the culture wars.