The coronavirus pandemic isn’t over, but its psychological grip on the United States has weakened. Pandemic fatigue, warmer weather and a surge in vaccinations have led to a spring fever palpable across much of the country.
Last weekend, more than 1.5 million Americans jumped on a plane on Sunday alone, a new high for the pandemic and triple the figure from the same period in 2020 during the initial wave of infections and shutdowns, figures from the Transportation Security Administration show.
Cellphone mobility data analyzed by The Washington Post show movement steadily increasing everywhere except in large cities, where office buildings remain empty. In the Deep South states of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, and in the northern tier of the Mountain West, mobility is already higher than before the pandemic.
The pandemic is in its second year, and it won’t last forever. But even as people are on the move, so is the virus.
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