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Some Americans are acting like the pandemic is over. It's not

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Airlines and others in the travel industry are throwing their support behind vaccine passports to boost pandemic-depressed travel, and authorities in Europe could embrace the idea quickly enough for the peak summer vacation season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A new Gallup poll finds that the percentage of Americans who are social distancing is declining.

(CNN)A new Gallup poll finds that the percentage of Americans who are social distancing is declining.

Fewer Americans said they have avoided events with large crowds (62%), traveling (57%), public places (48%) and small gatherings (45%) in the seven days before being asked by Gallup than at any point since the middle of March 2020, when the pandemic first became a reality for many Americans.

This poll is backed up by a late March Axios/Ipsos poll, which showed more and more Americans are willing to take part in activities outside of the house.

What's the point: The polling and real world data clearly shows that Americans are starting to come out of their pandemic shells, as state governments loosen restrictions.

This drop in social distancing is occurring as new cases of Covid-19 are beginning to rise.

For example, just 22% of those who say they'll never get vaccinated say they have avoided public places in the last week compared to 54% of those who are fully vaccinated, according to Gallup polling.

Republicans were nearly twice as likely (60%) in a late March Ipsos poll to say they have eaten out in the previous week than Democrats (33%).

This comes even as more Democrats (40%) said they have been vaccinated compared to 27% of Republicans in Gallup's last poll.

The issue with fewer Americans social distancing is that the pandemic isn't over.

In some ways, though, it shouldn't be surprising that Americans are taking their foot off the pedal when it comes to social distancing.

Many have been social distancing for a year, and their news habits clearly indicate a shift in interest from thinking about the pandemic.

The Gallup poll roughly matches the last Ipsos poll in which 22% of Americans said they were extremely concerned about the pandemic.

Matching their social distancing behaviors, Democrats (35%) were far more likely to say they were extremely concerned than Republicans (10%).

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