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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pandemic Politics: Timing State-Level Social Distancing Responses to COVID-19 -- by political science professors and a health metrics researcher from the University of Washington says "Our findings are unambiguous: political variables are the strongest predictor of the early adoption of social distancing policies. All else equal, states with Republican governors and Republican electorates delayed each social distancing measure by an average of 2.70 days ... a far larger effect than any other factor.

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While the gap may initially appear to be small, the difference could translate into a significant number of human lives with a disease that can spread explosively in a single day.

The Washington University researchers theorized that Republicans' delayed response to COVID-19 has been influenced by "cues" from President Donald Trump. Trump initially "strongly signaled ... that the coronavirus was an exaggerated threat or even a hoax " a position that was magnified and reinforced by Republican-leaning media outlets," the study stated.

In addition, the study noted, "partisans of any stripe tend to minimize failures by their own party leaders and exaggerate failures by the opposing party," so Republican voters "were more concerned about Ebola during Obama's presidency than they were about COVID-19 under Trump."

The scientists warned that if GOP governors and states with Republican majorities continue to lag behind in social distancing policies, the "cumulative impact on those states " and on the country as whole through spillovers " could be vast."

Who knew modern Republicanism could kill you in the time of a global health crisis?

Everyone who's been paying attention for the last few decades.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-31 10:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Oh Tony. You are just being hysterical. Again. It's only the old useless people. No big deal. Really. The hospitals are empty. There are plenty of refrigerated trucks.

And I am sure they don't mind. Everyone has to do their part. If they do mind well, that's just not very patriotic!

MAGA!

Make Apocalypse Great Again! (tm by Laura)

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-31 10:55 AM | Reply

Our GOP governor in Missouri still hasn't issued a state wide shelter in place order. Had he done so when Illinois did then Missouri likely would not have seen our new number of cases triple yesterday over the previous day.

#3 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-31 01:25 PM | Reply

I didn't realize MO hadn't yet.

I'm in STL and we've been under an stay home order for about a week.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-31 01:33 PM | Reply

"Had he done so when Illinois did then Missouri likely would not have seen our new number of cases triple yesterday over the previous day"

Link? Been watching kansas and missouri daily myself. Didn't remember seeing Missouri jump that much in past few days

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2020-03-31 01:44 PM | Reply

I'm in STL and we've been under an stay home order for about a week.

#4 | POSTED BY JPW

I'm in STL too. City/County have a stay home order and so does JeffCo but other surrounding counties have not.

Here's a map showing which counties have done so and for how long the orders have been in place.
fox2now.com

You should watch Parson's full briefing from yesterday. It's joke.
abc17news.com

"It's difficult to make a blanket policy for the state of Missouri. It's going to come down to individual responsibilities."

"We are a little disappointed there with what happened over the weekend at the state parks. We are trying to leave facilities like that open to the general public, but unfortunately, people didn't abide by the rules."
- I guess he learned nothing from spring break in Florida, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, etc.

#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-31 01:47 PM | Reply

I should probably be better informed on the local issues but it doesn't really matter too much I guess.

Even without the order I'm staying home. My workplace is all but shut down.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-31 01:52 PM | Reply

"It's difficult to make a blanket policy for the state of Missouri. It's going to come down to individual responsibilities."

It's monumentally easy.
Trump just won't do it.
Neither will Parson.

They're afraid of hurting the economy.

They're betting voters will think their "heroic" efforts to put Humpty Dumpty together again more than makes up for the Fall.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 01:52 PM | Reply

Been watching kansas and missouri daily myself. Didn't remember seeing Missouri jump that much in past few days
#5 | POSTED BY EBERLY

65 new cases Sunday, 197 Monday.
www.kmov.com

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-31 02:04 PM | Reply

Study: GOP Governors' Lag in Distancing Threatens Public Safety.

Classic case of the GOP excuse mantra, 'Nobody Could Have Anticipated...'

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-03-31 02:20 PM | Reply

Fl's gov has implemented only one of the recommended distancing programs... and that has caused FL to have projections of a longer and more dangerous experience with this virus.

compare your state

drudge.com

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-31 03:44 PM | Reply

#11

Math says that Florida is going to have one of the worst outbreaks of the virus within a matter of weeks. It was both predicted and unfortunately now expected, and might likely lead to wider outbreaks elsewhere if snowbird residents head back to their northern homes before they realize they're infected.

I hope this is wrong, but the virus is going to spread virally. That's what it does.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-31 04:11 PM | Reply

"I hope this is wrong, but the virus is going to spread virally. That's what it does."

Try to avoid using the passive voice:
We are going to spread the virus rapidly. That's what we do.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 04:19 PM | Reply

Duh. The GOP's lag in intelligence has threatened public safety for decades. This is just the latest iteration of it.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-03-31 04:41 PM | Reply

If you want to make the GOP mandate isolation, the only way to do that is for liberals to FORBID isolation. The GOP's obsession with opposing liberals above all else would then make them do the opposite.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-03-31 04:41 PM | Reply

Jeebis will protect the red states because they hate the gheys.

#16 | Posted by anton at 2020-03-31 05:29 PM | Reply

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Thanks...I misread you...you said "new cases", not total cases....my bad.

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2020-03-31 08:10 PM | Reply

Killing people is better than admitting liberals are right about something.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-04-01 12:16 PM | Reply

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