Nearly three-quarters are ‘fed up’ with the ever-changing rules and restrictions, and are ready to accept the virus as part of everyday life.
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Millions of Britons are happy to live with Covid and are prepared to continue wearing masks in public, while coming to terms with the increasing complications of booking holidays.
As the government relaxes ‘Plan B’ restrictions in preparation for simply ‘living’ with Covid rather than introducing more lockdowns, a study of 2,000 adults found 81 per cent agree this is the best way to advance.
More than half (59 per cent) are happy to “live with covid”, and the average adult has felt that way for the past five months, despite skyrocketing numbers over the winter and the introduction of further restrictions in December.
While more than seven in ten are “fed up” with ever-changing rules and regulations, and would rather accept the virus as part of everyday life.
And 40 per cent agree that they may always need to wear masks in public places, while 18 per cent no longer care if it means booking holidays is now “complicated” and “uncertain”.
Despite this, almost a quarter (23 percent) would oppose the idea if the government upheld this decision.
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A spokesperson for lateral flow testing provider RapidTests, which commissioned the survey, said: “It’s understandable that people are fed up with how we’ve been living for the last two years and are itching to get back to ‘normal’.
“Our research has shown how prepared adults are to accept covid as part of their daily lives.
“People are willing to enjoy making plans without fear of last-minute cancellations and wasted money.”
Workplaces, domestic and international travel, and live events are among the places where people would most like to see restrictions end, with nightclubs at the bottom of the list.
Of those still working from home, 45 percent miss their regular workplace to some degree.
And it’s gotten to the point where half of those surveyed don’t remember a time before the pandemic, when mask-wearing or travel restrictions weren’t the norm.
Nearly six in ten have even stopped booking holidays altogether, because it’s too stressful to worry about delays or cancellations.
And 60 percent have already experienced trips that have had to be postponed or changed.
The research, conducted via OnePoll, also revealed how many don’t feel Covid is that big of a threat: More than a third of those who are fully vaccinated believe themselves “fairly immune” to any serious symptoms of the virus. virus.
In fact, of those who know they have been infected with covid at one time or another, more than half said their symptoms were better than expected.
The RapidTests spokesperson added: “It is such a difficult decision to make as the vaccine has had a huge impact on cases, but the coronavirus doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.
“It’s great that we have tests available to monitor for the virus in the hope that we can try to live as normal a life as possible in the future.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.