Poll confirms the Great Panic is fading rapidly.
Even if early on folks were unsure about the scope of the threat, we now know this was something that was better ignored. Even still, the power of Enemy propaganda convinced the Average American that 225 times more people died than actually did (even if you believe the phony numbers).
In this setting, no politician can "do nothing" so the best approach was to just make everyone wear a mask - not that the masks treat any virus, but we never had a virus problem. The mask treats the Panic.
PS running society in accordance with public opinion becomes more and more dangerous the more complex society. Limited franchise republics are best.