Study: Partisanship and Response to Coronavirus (Worse Among Republicans/Faux News Watchers)

Although few things bind groups together like a common obstacle, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a deeply partisan flavour in the United States (and seemingly continues to do so). Here we found that partisanship is associated with differences in physical distancing behaviour at the level of US counties—and that this degree of physical distancing may have impacted counties’ subsequent COVID-19 infection and fatality growth rates. This suggests that partisanship might be an important risk factor for the current pandemic and, potentially, for other public health crises.


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