Covid-19

40% Of People In US Believe The Worst Of The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Over

There are now more than 2.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and health experts warned that the number will continue to grow. However, to many Americans the worst of the pandemic is already behind them.

Pew Research Center asked 4,708 adults in the U.S. about their perspectives on the coronavirus outbreak in their communities. The nationally representative sample responded in mid-June, when cases of COVID-19 climbed to more than 2 million, ScienceAlert reported Tuesday.

Results showed that 40 percent of the respondents thought the country was already moving forward in the fight against the coronavirus. This group believed the worst of the coronavirus crisis was over in the past month. 

The other 59 percent said the country has yet to face its worst problems related to COVID-19. Two months before the survey, Pew researchers found in a separate study that 73 percent of Americans thought the worst was still to come.

The changes in the numbers suggest the longer the pandemic continues, the more people are convinced the worst days are over. But health experts have been warning people that COVID-19 is far from its end and is likely to affect more in the coming months. 

COVID-19 Now Moving Faster Worldwide

The U.S. saw a slow increase in new cases of COVID-19 in April and May. However, health officials reported a significant resurgence in transmissions in June, with the entire country repeatedly breaking a single-day record for new infections.

Over the past weeks, more states have been recording an increasing number of patients with the novel coronavirus. Experts said the trend occurred after many areas started to reopen and remove restrictions.

“People got complacent,” Marc Boom, CEO of Houston Methodist hospital system, told the Associated Press. “And it's coming back and biting us, quite frankly.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) in late June called on governments and citizens to increase efforts to manage the spread of COVID-19 since the pandemic has been speeding up. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned “the worst is yet to come.”

Coronavirus COVID-19 New York, USA - Mask People line up outside Elmhurst Hospital to get tested due to coronavirus outbreak on March 24, 2020 in Queens, New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

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