Should Republican Voters Be Held Responsible For The Effects Of Their Indifference To Coronavirus?

Perhaps due to President Donald Trump’s long-held rosy outlook on coronavirus (and his glowing remarks on the administration’s response to it), Republican voters just don’t seem that alarmed by what’s going on, nor compelled to take actions that experts warn are necessary to quell the disease from spreading faster than our health systems can handle it.

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That could lead to dire outcomes, as efforts to “flatten the curve” could be undone by the voting bloc of conservative voters who don’t care about such matters.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out this week shows that attitudes from Republicans about coronavirus are more apathetic than the general public’s outlook.

For example, 53 percent of Americans are taking the spread of COVID-19 seriously enough to worry that a family member might contract the disease. Only 40 percent of Republicans feel similarly.

Three-in-five Americans also think things are going to get worse before they get better — a line that health experts have touted as the crisis goes on. Yet only 2-in-5 Republicans feel the same way.

And when it comes to social distancing, the measure experts are saying will do the most good to help prevent overfilling hospitals, doctors offices, and emergency rooms with patients beyond their capacity limits, only 30 percent of Republicans say they plan to engage in such practices.

While Republicans are less likely to take these essential measures, the CDC is recommending even stronger actions to take effect — stating that, for the next eight weeks or so, people should avoid going to events where 50 or more individuals may be in attendance at.

“I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said over the weekend.

The inaction of Republican voters could have profound effects. It’s imperative that Trump be more forceful with his rhetoric, and stop treating this pandemic as no big deal. Conservative followers of the president will be more likely to take this seriously if he does as well.

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