Will virus be ‘over’? Most Americans think not: AP-NORC poll

  • FILE - Travelers pass a sign near a COVID-19 testing site in Terminal E at Logan Airport, on Dec. 21, 2021, in Boston. A new AP-NORC poll shows that few Americans – just 15% – say they'll consider the pandemic over only when COVID-19 is largely eliminated. By contrast, 83% say they'll feel like the pandemic is over when it's largely a mild illness, like the seasonal flu. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

  • FILE - People eat inside the Siena Pizza restaurant in New York City on Dec. 9, 2021. A new AP-NORC poll shows that few Americans – just 15% – say they'll consider the pandemic over only when COVID-19 is largely eliminated. By contrast, 83% say they'll feel like the pandemic is over when it's largely a mild illness, like the seasonal flu.(AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

  • A new AP-NORC poll finds Americans are more likely now than in Dec. 2021 to wear masks and avoid crowds, as worries about COVID-19 have ticked back up amid record-breaking cases and hospitalizations.

ATLANTA — Early in the pandemic, Ryan Wilson was careful to take precautions — wearing a mask, not really socializing, doing more of his shopping online.