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Dec 6 - Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates
 

 
Misinformation is to blame

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Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That's according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization and misinformation are driving a significant share of the deaths in the pandemic.

NPR looked at deaths per 100,000 people in roughly 3,000 counties across the U.S. from May 2021, the point at which vaccinations widely became available. People living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.78 times the death rates of those that went for Biden. Counties with an even higher share of the vote for Trump saw higher COVID-19 mortality rates.

In October, the reddest tenth of the country saw death rates that were six times higher than the bluest tenth, according to Charles Gaba, an independent health care analyst who's been tracking partisanship trends during the pandemic and helped to review NPR's methodology. Those numbers have dropped slightly in recent weeks, Gaba says: "It's back down to around 5.5 times higher."

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The trend was robust, even when controlling for age, which is the primary demographic risk of COVID-19 mortality. The data also reveal a major contributing factor to the death rate difference: The higher the vote share for Trump, the lower the vaccination rate.

The analysis only looked at the geographic location of COVID-19 deaths. The exact political views of each person taken by the disease remains unknowable. But the strength of the a*sociation, combined with polling information about vaccination, strongly suggests that Republicans are being disproportionately affected.

Recent polling shows that partisanship is now this single strongest identifying predictor of whether someone is vaccinated. Polling also shows that mistrust in official sources of information and exposure to misinformation, about both COVID-19 and the vaccines, run high among Republicans.

"An unvaccinated person is three times as likely to lean Republican as they are to lean Democrat," says Liz Hamel, vice president of public opinion and survey research at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy think tank that tracks attitudes toward vaccination. Political affiliation is now the strongest indicator of whether someone is vaccinated, she says: "If I wanted to guess if somebody was vaccinated or not and I could only know one thing about them, I would probably ask what their party affiliation is."

It was not always this way. Earlier in the pandemic, many different groups expressed hesitancy toward getting vaccinated. African Americans, younger Americans and rural Americans all had significant portions of their demographic that resisted vaccination. But over time, the vaccination rates in those demographics have risen, while the rate of Republican vaccination against COVID-19 has flatlined at just 59%, according to the latest numbers from Kaiser. By comparison, 91% of Democrats are vaccinated.

Republicans make up a majority of unvaccinated people in the U.S.
Since April, Democrats and independents have made up a declining share of the unvaccinated population, as more of those groups have become vaccinated. Meanwhile, the Republican share of the unvaccinated population has grown.

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Being unvaccinated increases the risk of death from COVID-19 dramatically, according to the CDC. The vast majority of deaths since May, around 150,000, have occurred among the unvaccinated, says Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

While vaccine hesitancy exists in many different groups, Hotez suspects that the deaths are "overwhelmingly" concentrated in more politically conservative communities. "How does this make sense at any level?" he asks.

More than 90% of Republicans surveyed believe or are unsure about at least one false statement about COVID-19

The consequences for individuals are real. Mark Valentine still remembers when his brother called him to tell him he had contracted coronavirus. Valentine is a trial consultant in North Carolina. His brother Phil, 61, was a well-known conservative talk show host in Nashville, Tenn., who often expressed skepticism about vaccination.

Neither brother was vaccinated, and neither one was particularly worried about Phil's positive result. His brother said he was trying several alternative therapies commonly promoted in conservative circles. "He said, 'I've got the ivermectin, I started it this morning, and I don't think it's going to be a big deal,' " Mark Valentine recalls. "And frankly I didn't think about it anymore."

But a week later, Mark said he got a call from his brother's wife saying that the two were going to the hospital. "Before I knew it, he was in there and I couldn't get to him, couldn't talk to him," Valentine recalls. "His situation took a nosedive like you can't believe."

Phil Valentine died in August about five weeks after he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Misinformation appears to be a major factor in the lagging vaccination rates. The Kaiser Family Foundation's polling shows Republicans are far more likely to believe false statements about COVID-19 and vaccines. A full 94% of Republicans think one or more false statements about COVID-19 and vaccines might be true, and 46% believe four or more statements might be true. By contrast, only 14% of Democrats believe four or more false statements about the disease.

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Belief in multiple false statements highly correlates with vaccination status, Hamel says. "If you believe that the vaccines can damage your fertility, that they contain a microchip and that the government is inflating the number of COVID-19 deaths, you're going to think really differently about whether to get vaccinated."

The most widely believed false statement was that 'the government is exaggerating' the number of COVID-19 deaths
Perhaps the most pernicious pieces of misinformation have to do with the perceived severity of COVID-19 itself. The most widely believed false statement was: "The government is exaggerating the number of COVID-19 deaths."

Hamel says that underestimating the severity of COVID-19 appears to be a major reason why Republicans in particular have fallen behind in vaccination: "We've seen lower levels of personal worry among Republicans who remain unvaccinated," she says. "That's a real contrast with what we saw in communities of color, where there was a high level of worry about getting sick."

Complacency around the risks of contracting COVID-19 certainly seemed to be a major reason why the Valentine brothers avoided vaccination. While not conspiracy theorists, they were staunch Trump supporters. The arrival of coronavirus just ahead of the presidential election of 2020 seemed like "the most fortuitous pandemic in the history of the world" for the Democratic Party, recalls Mark.

Despite the media coverage, Phil Valentine didn't believe COVID-19 was serious as long as you were healthy: "He said, 'The likelihood of me getting it is low. In the unlikely event that I do get it, the likelihood that I will survive it is 99-plus %,' " Mark Valentine recalls.

Vaccine researcher Peter Hotez is deeply troubled by the current state of affairs. A winter surge in COVID-19 cases is brewing, and the newly discovered omicron variant has the potential to make things far worse.

He thinks the elements of the Republican Party that are endorsing anti-vaccine ideas need to take a big step back. "I'm not trying to change Republican thinking or far-right thinking," he says. "I'm trying to say: 'The anti-science doesn't belong; it doesn't fit. ... Just stop it and save lives.' ''

Before his illness, Phil Valentine had sometimes promoted unproven alternative therapies and taken a mocking tone toward vaccination. As his situation deteriorated, Mark says the talk show host realized he needed to encourage his listeners to get vaccinated. Phil told his brother, "'My fear is that because I didn't get it, other folks may not get it," Mark Valentine recalls. The family put out a statement in support of vaccination, and Mark went on to his brother's talk show to encourage listeners to take the shot.

He also headed to his local Walmart to get vaccinated. "The guy comes out; he said, 'Do you have any questions or concerns?' " Mark Valentine recalls. "I said, 'Hell yeah, I've got both, but do it anyway.' "

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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '17        #2
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Pro Trump counties

The news ain’t even trying man lmfao
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 2 months ago '21        #3
Swisha2k11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 SPdaGOAT said
Pro Trump counties

The news ainít even trying man lmfao

care to expound on that further?
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 Swisha2k11 said
care to expound on that further?
Naw
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 2 months ago '04        #5
adthekidd 
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What a stupid a*s connection

Trump lives rent free in the minds of bozo

meanwhile the current commander can barely form sentences lmaoo
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 2 months ago '06        #6
ehizzy3  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Pretty easy connection

Counties that voted red are least likely to have mask mandates, and low vaccine rates.


Sad that the virus became political but what do you expect when your aunt and uncle get their news from Facebook
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Ymmot  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 SPdaGOAT said
Pro Trump counties

The news ainít even trying man lmfao
Oh look, the trump d*ck sucking jehovah's witness is the first reply.
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 Ymmot said
Oh look, the trump d*ck sucking jehovah's witness is the first reply.
Why stop there and not add on more lies

The jehovah witness sh*t still so funny to me

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Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x21
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 ehizzy3 said
Pretty easy connection

Counties that voted red are least likely to have mask mandates, and low vaccine rates.


Sad that the virus became political but what do you expect when your aunt and uncle get their news from Facebook
They're also less likely to believe in science and doctors and more snake oil remedies.


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 2 months ago '21        #10
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 Naga Sadow said
They're also less likely to believe in science and doctors and more snake oil remedies.


Are you implying that antivaxxers have a hard time discerning reality from fiction?

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 2 months ago '15        #11
Eddiemia07 
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Please tell me how Florida is doing with no mask or vaccine mandate and then let me know how New York is doing, thanks
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 2 months ago '21        #12
FleshAxe  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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thread is ducktails.
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 2 months ago '08        #13
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 Swisha2k11 said
care to expound on that further?
I knew a stupid motherfu*ker was going to argue with a graph



it was a safe bet it would be that bucktoothed bi*ch stefanie too



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 magat said
thread is ducktails.
put some respect on npr you disgusting foxnews magat bish


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 2 months ago '21        #16
Swisha2k11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 gh3tto said
I knew a stupid motherfu*ker was going to argue with a graph



it was a safe bet it would be that bucktoothed bi*ch stefanie too



Is that really him?

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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '04        #17
gh3tto  OP
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 Swisha2k11 said
Is that really him?






85 pages and still going
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 gh3tto said





85 pages and still going
Mad ironic that the first word of the first post is misinformation
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 2 months ago '17        #19
1Oh 
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Good news.
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 2 months ago '11        #20
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 gh3tto said





85 pages and still going
Holy fu*k im halfway through the thread, crying.

SP a whole f*g**t out here.

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 2 months ago '10        #21
Nautilus O  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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It’s going to be 2029 and this guy will still be making threads about Trump

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 2 months ago '21        #22
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 Nautilus O said
Itís going to be 2029 and this guy will still be making threads about Trump

In his mom's basement with a massive orange dildo in his a*s.

 2 months ago '13        #23
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Can you liberals explain why yíall goin so hard for the trump vaccine
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 2 months ago '17        #24
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 TheyLiveYUSLEEP said
Don't make me do this today.
What, get banned again?

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 Nautilus O said
Itís going to be 2029 and this guy will still be making threads about Trump

Im telling you these bozos are gonna vote him back in 2024. Hating Trump became their identity lmfao



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