One-third of Americans now know someone who has died of COVID-19 – TWICE as many as lost a friend, relative or acquaintance of the virus this summer, poll finds
- A new poll found that 33% of American adults have lost a family member, friend, or acquaintance to COVID-19
- This is about double the percentage who said they knew someone who died of the virus in early June
- About 35% believe the death toll is higher than what is reported, while 31% think it is lower
- Monday night, President Joe Biden ordered flags flying at half mast for five days of mourning and held a moment of silence by candlelight for the lives lost
One in three Americans knows someone who has died from the coronavirus in the past 10 months, a new poll suggests.
Carried out by Axios-IpsosThe survey found that 33 percent of adults have a loved one or acquaintance who died from COVID-19 between April 24, 2020 and February 22, 2021.
This is three points higher than the number that reported the same thing in late December, just before Christmas, and twice as high as the roughly 15 percent in early June.
It comes on the heels of news on Monday that the U.S. COVID death toll exceeded 500,000, which is more than the number of Americans killed in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.
The US has about four percent of the world’s population, but accounts for nearly 20 percent of all deaths from the virus.
A new poll found that 33% of American adults have lost a family member, friend, or acquaintance to COVID-19. The death toll is currently at 500,441
However, the poll found that Americans are divided on whether or not the confirmed death toll is correct.
More than a third, about 35 percent, believe the actual number of US citizens who have died from COVID-19 is higher than reported.
This is an increase from the 30 percent who believed the actual death toll was higher than the confirmed figure last month.
However, according to the new poll, 31 percent believe the actual number is lower and 33 percent believe the number of fatalities is correct.
Monday evening, Biden held a national moment of silence in honor of the more than 500,000 lives lost.
During remarks from the South Portico of the White House, where 500 candles were lit to symbolize the 500,000 dead, the commander-in-chief tried to strike a balance between mourning and hope.
“I know if you stare at that empty chair around the kitchen table, it brings everything back – however long ago it happened – as if it just happened the moment you looked at that empty chair,” Biden said.
And the everyday things – the little things, the little things – that you miss the most.
‘That smell when you open the cupboard. That park you walk past. That cinema where you met. The morning coffee you shared together. The curvature in his smile. The perfect pitch for her smile. ‘
He spoke directly to those who lost someone to COVID-19, adding, “It’s going to be okay.”
A month after Biden’s tenure, the number of Americans who think the federal government is handling the pandemic well is on the rise, the poll found.
Currently, 45 percent say their administration has gotten better since the early days of the crisis in March and April 2020.
This is more than 26 percent who said the same thing at the end of October, a week before election day.
The survey also found that 63 percent, nearly two-thirds, are confident that Biden’s team will be able to make the vaccine widely available.
Meanwhile, 58 percent are confident in the administration’s ability to quickly distribute the vaccine.