New CDC data show that the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant accounts for over half of all new infections in the United States. With that in mind, Americans’ concerns about the variant continue to slightly impact comfort levels

Week over week, overall concern about being in public spaces has remained consistent after a steep increase. 

The same is true for people’s expectations around how long public health measures like social distancing will be necessary, as many people remain unsure about what the future holds. Nearly 40% of people say they’re not sure how long they expect to have to practice these in response to the pandemic. 

After weeks of record-high comfort levels for shopping in stores, comfort hasn’t rebounded fully to levels observed two weeks ago.

Unsurprisingly, the variant is impacting travel comfort too. After a decrease last week, consumer sentiment remained flat. Right now, 55% of U.S. adults say they’d feel safe traveling now – down from 66% about a month ago. 

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