The Columbia Threadneedle Return to Normal Index measures progress toward a post-pandemic world.

As the U.S. continues its COVID-19 vaccination program, the Return to Normal Index measures human activity data relative to pre-pandemic levels. The index is constructed by our data scientists and fundamental analysts and tracks activities in the U.S. including travel, returning to work and school, brick-and-mortar shopping and eating out. By design, the index is focused on measuring components of daily life rather than economic indicators like GDP growth. The percentage level will move closer to 100 as daily life normalizes, and our analysts will update it on a regular basis.

When will U.S. daily life return to normal?

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