As Experts Warn Millions Could Die, New Poll Shows Republicans Aren’t Taking Social Distancing Seriously Enough
By now, unless you’re Jared Leto, you’ve come to understand that life in America is going to drastically change for at least the next month or so, due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Medical experts warn that these precautions we’re taking presently — staying indoors as much as possible, avoiding areas where 10 or more individuals are already present, and staying away from at-risk populations in general — are necessary to lower the number who get infected with COVID-19, and even limit the number who will die from it.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States and a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, explained that hundreds of thousands of Americans could perish if these precautions aren’t adhered to.
“It could happen, and it could be worse,” Fauci warned. “Our challenge is to try and make that not happen.”
Even if only 20 percent of the U.S. population gets infected, and 0.1 percent of that group dies from the disease, 65,000 Americans could still die — equivalent to five times as many who died from swine flu in 2012.
That’s unfortunately a conservative estimate. Among the higher-end of guesses, it’s believed as many as 200,000 to 2 million people could die, if the precautions aren’t followed.
Unfortunately, perhaps due to the rhetoric of Trump over the past several weeks, a significant portion of the U.S. population isn’t taking this seriously — including a majority of Republicans-minded Americans.
Wow: as coronavirus kills more Americans, Republicans have become less likely to agree it is a real threat. In February, 72% of Republicans said it was a real threat. Now just 40% agree. From an @NPR / @NewsHour / @maristpoll:https://t.co/C1Bd92aKPz
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) March 17, 2020
While 56 percent of the American people believe coronavirus is a real threat, 54 percent of Republicans believe that media reports about what could come about are being blown out of proportion, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released on Tuesday.
And while medical experts are trying to tell every American who can to stay at home, to only venture out to get the necessities, only 36 percent of Republicans said they have actually taken that advice to heart (at the time the poll was taken over the weekend).
It’s imperative that every American does their part to ensure the final death count from coronavirus is low. Unfortunately, due to missteps from the Trump administration early on, as well as Republicans not taking seriously the gravity of the situation due to Trump’s own words about it, more deaths may come about that could have been completely avoided.