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Poll Shows Most Republicans Aren’t Taking The Threat Of Coronavirus Seriously Enough

As coronavirus continues to spread across much of the world, including here in the United States, most people are at least a little bit concerned about what’s going on.

But a sizable segment of the population is not. Those individuals are, according to one poll, Republicans.

Gage Skidmore/Flickr; State Department

A Yahoo News/YouGov poll released on Thursday found that, among the general U.S. population, 57 percent of adults were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the spread of COVID-19. Republican respondents, however, were much less worried, with only 45 percent saying they fit one of those two categories.

In fact, the poll found that 3-in-5 Republican voters believed that the threat of the disease and its potential to harm a large segment of the population was being exaggerated.

One reason why that may be? Republicans are less likely than Democrats or the average American to be paying attention to the news about coronavirus.

The disease is indeed something to concern oneself about, although outright panic about it may not be warranted. Still, worldwide the coronavirus death rate sits at 3.4 percent among those who develop symptoms of the illness.

That rate may be lower in the United States. Health experts are guessing anywhere between 0.1 percent and 1 percent of individuals who get infected with the disease could die from it, per reporting from the Washington Post.

But even those estimates could result in huge numbers losing their lives. Congress’ in-house physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, briefed Senate leaders this week, saying that as many as 70 million to 150 million Americans could become infected with coronavirus over time.

Going with the minimum estimates, 0.1 percent of 70 million Americans is still 70,000 people who could die from COVID-19.

Per the Yahoo News/YouGov poll, only 34 percent of Republicans think more than 1,000 people will perish from the threat of coronavirus.

Featured image credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia; State Department



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