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When Will Life Return to Pre-Pandemic "Normal"?

As some aspects of life are slowly returning to “pre-COVID normal”, we are able to evaluate which COVID lifestyle changes are permanent and which we can put an end to. Based on our latest survey, we highlight how respondents have adjusted as we cautiously move towards a "post-pandemic life".

We continued to ask respondents how often they wear a face mask in outdoor and indoor public spaces. We found that 19% of respondents regularly wear a mask in outdoor settings, while twice as many respondents (41%) consistently wear a mask while indoors. Both numbers have fallen steadily since the beginning of 2022.

Since the beginning of the year, we observed a 20% decrease among respondents concerned about a surge in COVID cases and potential new variants. In our latest survey, we found that 25% of respondents are concerned about a surge in cases while 24% of respondents are concerned about new variants ("very" or "extremely").

Lastly, we continued to ask respondents whether their life has "generally returned to normal since the pandemic began". Our results reveal that slightly more than half (54%) of respondents “agree” or “strongly agree” their life has returned to normal” since then. Consistent with our previous findings – this marks a 19% decrease since the beginning of the year.


Results are based on surveys of 301 respondents from April 23, 2022, through April 26, 2022. All surveys were conducted online by respondents in the United States.

For more information about our survey techniques, visit our Methods page.


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