Poll: 68% say worst of COVID-19 is over, majority comfortable returning to normal


49% of New Yorkers have gained weight while 38% say that they have gotten in shape

FILE – In this June 11, 2021, file photo, people cross a street as they make their way toward Chicago’s Wrigley Field for a baseball game. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the number of Americans fully vaccinated has reached about 150 million. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar, File)

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (WROC) — Sixty-eight percent of New Yorkers now think that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over while only 17% think the worst is still to come.

As we move into summer in New York over 70% are at least somewhat comfortable having friends over to their home (84%), going to a beach or lakefront (80%), going on vacation in the U.S. (78%), and eating indoors at a restaurant (77%) according to a new statewide survey of residents released Tuesday by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI).

The same poll says that 47% are somewhat or very worried about them or a family member becoming sick with COVID-19.

Over the course of the pandemic, 49% of New Yorkers have gained weight while 38% say that they have gotten in shape. Fifty-one percent have felt depressed during the pandemic while 44% say that they have developed a new interest or hobby.

Looking to the fall, the poll says that 76% think it somewhat or very likely that many New Yorkers will continue to work remotely, 71% expect public schools will reopen to full in-person instruction without teachers or students wearing masks while by 50-42% they think it likely that the state will experience a resurgence of COVID-19 infections.

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