Consequences of Ignorance: A new report finds that coronavirus is spiking disproportionately in counties that voted for Trump in the 2016 election.
The Week reports:
The 2016 election may help map the next coronavirus hotspots.
While COVID-19 is finally beginning to wane in some of the U.S. cities it hit hardest and earliest, coronavirus spread is still far from its peak in most small cities and rural areas across the country. And over the past four weeks, it’s been more likely that counties will show a high prevalence of coronavirus next if they voted for President Trump in 2016…
The report released earlier this week from the Brookings Institution notes:
As more parts of America proclaim themselves open for business, COVID-19 continues to expand into new counties and states in many areas with demographic and political orientations favorable to President Donald Trump. This is especially noteworthy given that the president has pushed for an even faster reopening of the U.S. economy.
Now, for four weeks running, counties newly designated with a high prevalence of COVID-19 cases were more likely to have voted for Trump than for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, according to our analyses.
The Brookings Institution report goes on to note:
Especially noteworthy are the political aspects of this expansion. Among new high-prevalence counties from the week of May 11 to May 17, Trump won 151 of them in the 2016 election.
Anecdotal evidence lends credence to the idea that Trump supporters may be more susceptible to the virus. For example, Landon Spradlin, a Virginia pastor who claimed the “mass hysteria” around the coronavirus pandemic was part of a media plot against Trump, died from the virus.
And Karen Kolb Sehlke, a Trump-loving woman from Texas, is dead from COVID-19 after claiming the virus was a “media driven” hoax.
Bottom line: A new report from the Brookings Institution finds that coronavirus is spiking disproportionately in counties that voted for Trump in the 2016 election.