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CDC Director says it's 'probably true' that Covid isn't going anywhere

"I think that that's probably true," replied Walensky.

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On Tuesday morning's episode of CBS Mornings, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky was questioned as to the possibility of Americans having to live with the COVID-19 virus.

"We're going into year two, people think we're waiting for you to sound the trumpet, say it's all clear. We're not really going to get an all clear are we? We just have to face the fact that we're going to have to live with this, true?" asked host Gayle King.

"I think that that's probably true," replied Walensky. "But what I would say is we have a lot of control and power to do that as we come together, as we get vaccinated, as we do those prevention things that work to protect one another and ourselves, and our family. We can bring down the amount of disease in this country and get much faster to that place."

As the Omicron variant spreads across the country and globe, Americans are beginning to hesitate once again on whether they can return to their pre-pandemic lives.

In an Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus poll released on Tuesday, nearly one in three Americans, 31 percent,  said they "do not expect to be able to return to their pre-COVID life until more than a year from now."

Ipsos said this is the highest percentage to say so in 2021.

According to Ipsos, "Perceptions of the risk associated with activities like gathering with friends and family outside the household, shopping at retail stores, and traveling on an airplane are trending upward."

For example, 68 percent said that traveling on an airplane had either a large or moderate risk to their health, compared to last month, were 58 percent responded as such.

In addition, the poll found a large portion of respondents said there was at least some risk associated with seeing friends and family over the winder holidays, with just 15 percent saying there is no risk. 47 percent said there is a small risk, 30 percent said there is a moderate risk, and 6 percent said there was a high risk.

According to Ipsos, "Perceptions of the risk associated with activities like gathering with friends and family outside the household, shopping at retail stores, and traveling on an airplane are trending upward."

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