Earlier we featured the worrisome prospect of a second national coronavirus lockdown under a future Biden administration, considering the latest scientist to join Joe Biden's "special coronavirus transition advisory team" is calling for just that.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, now one of Biden's coronavirus task force doctors told Yahoo News the following on Wednesday: "We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers... if we did that, then we could lockdown for 4 to 6 weeks."
But we know that's unlikely to go well based on the latest polling data, as it appears the majority of Americans would not conform to such new stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions:
Americans are less likely to comply with another coronavirus lockdown than they were in the spring, with fewer than half saying in a new poll that they're very likely to stay home this time around, according to a new Gallup Poll released as record numbers of cases skyrocket nationwide.
Here's the data, according to Gallup, based on the poll taken between Oct.19 and Nov.1:
- 49% say they're "very likely" to stay home for a month if mandated, down from 67% who said they would in the spring.
- 18% said they were "somewhat likely" to comply.
- One-third said they would be "unlikely" to comply with new lockdown orders.
- This despite 61% saying they believe the situation is getting worse.
- The number of respondents who said they'd be unlikely to comply is double the rate seen from polls in the spring.
However, it appears more Americans are intentional about social distancing measures, including wearing masks, compared to in the spring.
One of Biden's new coronavirus task force doctors floating the idea of a 4-6 week lockdown:— Zack Guzman (@zGuz) November 11, 2020
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers ... if we did that, then we could lockdown for 4 to 6 weeks."pic.twitter.com/zNmuQvPpIJ
As Newsmax summarizes of the numbers: "Meanwhile, the number of people who are wearing masks has gone up sharply."
The report states "Only about half of Americans reported in April that they were wearing masks, just after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested wearing them. Now, 88% reported they wear masks, after the number went up to 92% in July."