(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s hard not to love fall. The fresh, crisp air, Oktoberfest, new television shows, football, Thanksgiving, time with family and friends, and holiday shopping. Not to mention that wonderful moment when moms and dads get a slight daily reprieve from the kids as they head off to school for their regular dose of learning. If it seems too good to be true this year, it’s likely because it is.
As COVID-19 continues to make its way across America and the media reports each sneeze and cough, Americans are learning to live with the virus as it disrupts much of our daily lives.
While many are looking forward to new episodes of their favorite television shows, you might want to slow down on your way to the couch. The CW and Fox are not airing new episodes until January. Although, CBS and NBC are still planning a traditional lineup. However, that could change.
And there are still lots of questions regarding starting up football season. Some college divisions are saying no, and others are saying yes. The NFL is saying yes, but they have to — if they don’t play, they go broke.
Overall, how do most people feel about this fall, and what’s in front of us?
A new Harris Poll is out, and it has some revealing information about the country’s attitudes and expectations.
Most Americans Accept the Inevitable
Most Americans are coming to terms with the status quo. That’s not easy for a country full of people who are admittedly stubborn and independent. It’s part of being an American.
Here’s what 1,970 adults told the Harris Poll from July 18-19 about their views and feelings:
- 80% expect a second wave of COVID-19
- 61% expect to remain working at home this fall
- 66% expect their kids will not be in school and will, therefore, be doing online learning
- 18% said they would likely travel over Labor Day weekend
- 26% said they would likely travel for Christmas or Hanukkah
- 27% said they would be taking their kids out for trick-or-treat
- 75% said they are more likely to wear a mask and socially distance than they were in June, and 68% support wearing a mask
- 77% said they support mandatory 14-day quarantines for those coming from states with high infection rates
- 43% believe this is just the beginning of the pandemic, and bigger challenges are in front of the country
- 58% expect to vote by mail instead of in-person
- 32% expect an NFL football season
This fall will be unlike any in recent American history. Instead of focusing on the things Americans can’t do, they may be focusing on spending more time with family and neighbors around the grill, hiking, or riding a bike. Who knows, maybe the country will get lucky and COVID-19 will die off. Then we can get back to life as we knew it.
Unfortunately, you shouldn’t count on it.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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