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The coronavirus still considered the main health problem in the United States


Nearly half of American adults consider the coronavirus to be the country’s leading health problem, even though it was the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer in 2020.

According to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, 47% of adults surveyed between November 1 and November 16 believe COVID-19 is the greatest health threat – up from 67% in November 2020. The poll was conducted before the public announcement of the omicron variant. .

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an estimated 375,000 deaths in 2020, and more than 770,000 total deaths in the United States, according to data from the New York Times. While concerns about the coronavirus have diminished, concerns about access and cost of healthcare have risen to 11% and 9%. Neither has reached pre-pandemic levels of concern.

Concerns about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States, remained at 1% in 2018, 2020 and 2021. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 659,000 people in the United States die each. year of heart disease. – one in 4 deaths.

Concerns about cancer have declined from 10% in 2018 to 4% in 2020, and finally to 3% in 2021, according to the report. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, with 599,601 cancer deaths in 2019. The National Cancer Institute has estimated that more than 1.8 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2020 and that more than 600,000 would die of the disease. According to the survey, concerns about cancer peaked at 23 percent in 1999 before dropping steadily to its current all-time low.

Tourists take photos from the Staten Island ferry in New York City. Across New York City and the country, people are being encouraged to get either the booster or the Covid-19 vaccine, especially with the slowly emerging omicron variant. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

With the vaccines available, vaccination is now cited by 6 percent of American adults as the “most pressing health problem” ahead of heart disease and cancer. Unsurprisingly, “this is a bipartisan concern” mentioned by 7% of Republicans and 6% of Democrats, “but for different reasons.

Most Republicans citing vaccinations refer to vaccination warrants and “force people to get vaccinated”, while Democrats worry about vaccine reluctance and failure to get everyone vaccinated ”, According to the poll.

The decline of the coronavirus being seen as a major concern is also seen by all age groups, men and women, and has declined among all major political groups as well. However, the decline was more pronounced among Democrats and Independents, “who were much more likely to name him last year,” than among Republicans.

“As of November 2020, COVID-19 dominated Democrats and Independents perceptions of the most pressing problem, with 81% and 70%, respectively, naming it. It was in the last months of Republican Donald Trump’s presidency and before any coronavirus vaccine has been approved for public use. At the same time, a slim majority of Republicans (56%) viewed the virus as the main health problem, ”the report says.

Today with the Democrats President Joe Biden in power and much of the country vaccinated, the concern of Democrats and Independents fell by more than 20 percentage points, to 57% and 42%, respectively. Republicans’ concern has halved to 45%.

According to the report, just one disease besides the coronavirus has ever ranked among Americans’ top health concerns – 62% of respondents named AIDS the first time Gallup asked Americans about the subject in 1987.

“Whether the worry about the virus collapses further next year or slowly subsides, as the AIDS concern did in the 1990s, may depend on the effectiveness of vaccines and treatments. to deal with the new variants and allow the country, if not the world, to return to its pre-pandemic normal, ”the report concluded.

The survey was conducted among 815 adults and has a ± 4 percentage point sampling error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.



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