Americans ease up on masks, virus safeguards: AP-NORC poll

  • FILE - A person wears a U.S. flag face mask during the national anthem before an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and Nashville SC, Feb. 27, in Seattle. Many Americans are significantly relaxing how often they wear masks and take other once-routine precautions against the coronavirus. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows fewer than half now say they regularly wear face masks, avoid crowds and skip nonessential travel. Americans are letting their guard down as new COVID-19 infections plummet to their lowest level since July. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

  • A new AP-NORC poll finds Americans are less likely now than at other points in the past year to take precautionary measures like masking and avoiding crowds, as cases and worry about COVID-19 have fallen.

Many Americans have taken significant steps back from once-routine coronavirus precautions, with less than half now saying they regularly wear face masks, avoid crowds and skip nonessential travel.