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Republicans Less Worried About Virus Because Of Trump

Posted on the 08 July 2020 by Jobsanger
Republicans Less Worried About Virus Because Of Trump
Republicans Less Worried About Virus Because Of Trump Trump has been downplaying the COVID-19 since it came to this country. He said it would spread -- that the first 15 cases would soon be zero. Then he said it was nothing more than the flu. And several times he has said it would magically disappear, even without a vaccine. Now he has come up with a new and more ridiculous statement. He says that 99% of COVID-19 cases are totally harmless.
It's not true of course. Once again, he's just trying to cover for his incompetence in dealing with the virus. PolitiFact ruled Trump's latest statement as "False", saying the following:
Trump said that 99% of all COVID-19 cases are totally harmless. The White House provided no supporting data.
Looking at the worst possible outcome, the government’s numbers show a cumulative death rate of 4.5%, although the actual fatality rate could end up lower once we learn more about the disease  The rate at which new cases lead to hospitalizations has fallen, but it still remains at 4%. And public health researchers note that more and more, there are reports that even people with mild cases are hit with medical problems after they’ve recovered. There’s a lot more to be learned about this disease, but nothing says that it’s harmless for 99% of the people it touches. We rate this claim False. Sadly though, most of the Republican base believes Trump over scientists and medical professionals. The chart below is from the Axios / Ipsos Poll (done between March 13th and June 29th of 15,871 adults, with a 2 point margin of error). Republicans Less Worried About Virus Because Of Trump Note on the chart above that only 36% of Republicans say they are concerned about the COVID-19 virus (while 55% of Independents and 77% of Democrats say they are concerned). This is in spite of over 131,000 deaths and millions of cases from the virus. Most of the Republicans, after listening to Trump (and his parrots at Fox News), are willing to ignore facts and put themselves in danger by refusing to wear a mask or social distance.

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