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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Americans are increasingly likely to believe returning to normal life is only a low to moderate risk as Delta cases plummet, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

What they're saying: "Delta's over in the popular imagination," said Ipsos pollster and senior vice president Chris Jackson.

  • "People are starting to re-engage with their regular activities. They're not as worried about getting COVID," Jackson said.

By the numbers: The findings indicate a clear shift over time on Americans' attitudes about COVID.

  • For instance, 44% said returning to normal life is a large to moderate risk — down from 56% in mid-September and the lowest since the Delta surge began.
  • In addition, fewer people (38%) reported requirements by their state or local government to wear masks in all public places, down from 43% two weeks earlier and the lowest since early August.

The big picture: This is playing out in the stock market where stocks are at all-time highs, with onetime pandemic-era winners as a big exception, Axios' Courtenay Brown reports.

  • As she put it: "At-home workouts and remote learning are out. Travel and gyms are in."

Yes, but: This isn't necessarily translating to good news for the Biden administration yet, Axios' Margaret Talev writes.

  • While 67% of the respondents said they were "confident" in the administration's ability to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine quickly, only 45% said they are confident in the administration's ability to "ensure the economy recovers quickly" after COVID.

Methodology: This Axios/Ipsos Poll was conducted Nov. 5-8 by Ipsos' KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,033 general population adults age 18 or older.

  • The margin of sampling error is ±3.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults.

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The big picture: The Delta variant is still circulating across the U.S., and the Omicron variant isn't far behind. On top of that, experts see potential warning signs of a bad flu season, which could leave millions of Americans vulnerable and strain health care resources.

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Fauci: It's "when, not if" definition of "fully vaccinated" changes

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN Wednesday that in his personal opinion, "it's going to be a matter of when, not if," the definition of "fully vaccinated" changes.

What he's saying: Fauci said he doesn't see the definition "changing tomorrow or next week," but he believes it's "going to be considered literally on a daily basis."

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Ex-FDA chief: COVID jabs could become as common as flu shots

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Former FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn tells Axios that Americans may eventually require annual COVID vaccination boosters, although acknowledges that right now it's just his "best guess."

Why it matters: COVID jabs could become as routine as flu shots.

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