Most New York City residents believe coronavirus cases will soon spike to levels not seen in the early days of the pandemic, a new survey reveals.
Researchers found that nearly three-quarters of those living in the Big Apple say the recent reports of rising infections lead them to expect that a surge will arrive by winter 2021.
What's more, nearly half of participants say they do not expect the city's economy to recover until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
However, the team, from the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH), did find that fewer New Yorkers are reporting feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and depression.
It comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio warn that flare-ups in hotspot locations could last another year and that the city is being threatened by a 'full-blown second wave.'
A new survey from CUNY School of Public Health finds 72% of New York City residents expect coronavirus cases to reach levels not seen since April by 2021. Pictured: An older man is wheeled towards an ambulance oat NYU Langone Hospital in New York City, April 30
Nearly half believe the city's economy will not recover until a vaccine is available and two-thirds say they plan to get the jab (above)
For the report, the team used data from a survey conducted by Emerson College Polling between September 25 and September 27.
The 1,000 participants were weighted based on the sex, age, ethnicity, education level and region of New York's population.
Respondents were asked questions about coronavirus cases, schools and businesses reopening, wearing masks and the economic consequences of the pandemic.
A total of 72 percent said they expect to seek a spike of COVID-19 infections similar to the height of the pandemic in April 2020.
In early April, New York City was reporting between 4,000 and 6,000 new cases every day and around 500 deaths per day.
At the time, the city accounted for 25 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the US.
The pandemic has also affected most households, with 52 percent of participants saying at least one person in their household had been tested for COVID-19 since March - with 15 percent testing positive.
About 30 percent said they had lost either a family member or close friend to COVID-19.
Black and Hispanic households were hit the hardest, with 44 percent and 38 percent, respectively, losing a loved one to the virus.
By comparison, 20 percent of white households and 15 percent of Asian households reported the same.
About 30% reported losing either a