By the seems of it, Republican assaults on masks and COVID-19 vaccines don’t appear to be notably wholesome for individuals dwelling in purple states. In a number of cases in current months, each COVID-19 circumstances and deaths are notably larger in Republican states than in Democratic blue states, in response to an evaluation of information by The Washington Submit.
The Submit stated the evaluation reveals the “inescapable overlap of pandemic and politics.”
In a single, apparent instance, of 54,000 individuals who have died since late June, within the newest wave of COVID-19, almost 1 in 5 has died in Florida, the place GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis battles in opposition to sporting masks. So a state with simply 6% of the nation’s inhabitants accounts for 18% of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths this summer season, the Submit reported Friday.
But it surely’s excess of that. Throughout the nation, it’s “apparent that there’s an overlap of vaccination charges, get together identification and pandemic outcomes that intertwines the dialogue in regards to the pandemic with partisan politics,” famous reporter Philip Bump. “We see that purple states are doing a lot worse relative to the nation on the entire than are blue states.”
He added that “extra deaths from the virus happen in locations the place there are extra circumstances. There are extra circumstances in locations the place vaccination charges are decrease. Vaccination charges are decrease in locations that voted extra closely Republican in 2020.”
“Of the 23 states which have new case totals per capita larger than the nation over all, 21 voted for Donald Trump in November. Sixteen are among the many 17 states which have the bottom charges of vaccination,” in response to the Submit.
Of the 18 states which have new dying totals larger than the nationwide common, 14 voted for Trump, the Submit reviews.
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