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NUMBERS DON’T LIE: Recent study reveals that COVID-19 death toll is higher in Red states

NUMBERS DON’T LIE: Recent study reveals that COVID-19 death toll is higher in Red states

NUMBERS DON'T LIE: Recent study reveals that COVID-19 death toll is higher in Red states

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While many Democrats may believe that Republicans don’t care about life, a newly published report on the excess death rates for Democrats and Republicans during the coronavirus pandemic now substantiates these allegations. A study by the Yale School of Public Health confirmed what many already knew – that right-wingers killing themselves to “own the libs” is an actual thing. And Florida Governor Ron DeSantis helped led the Red State charge with his anti-mask policies.

According to the report:

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“Political affiliation has emerged as a potential risk factor for COVID-19, amid evidence that Republican-leaning counties have had higher COVID-19 death rates than Democrat-leaning counties and evidence of  a link between political party affiliation and vaccination views.”
“Overall, the excess death rate for Republicans was 5.4 percentage points (pp), or 76%, higher than the excess death rate for Democrats. Post-vaccines, the excess death rate gap between Republicans and Democrats widened from 1.6 pp (22% of the Democrat excess death rate) to 10.4 pp (153% of the Democrat excess death rate).”
Over a million Americans have died from COVID-19 and complications related to the virus. Data collected before and after the deadly virus hit our borders reveal both a stark difference in how the two parties handled the worldwide pandemic, and how politics facilitated many of those deaths – especially after the vaccine’s availability.
Republicans may lie, but the numbers don’t.
Full stop.
“In the summer of 2021 — after vaccines were widely available — the Republican excess death rate rose to nearly double that of Democrats, and this gap widened further in the winter of 2021,” the study says.
Data taken from Ohio and Florida – two key states in the fight for democracy – links the deaths in both states of those 25 and older, their voting records, and subsequent death totals through 2021.
“Overall, our results suggest that political party affiliation only became a substantial risk factor in Ohio and Florida after vaccines were widely available. Lack of individual level vaccination status limits our ability to draw broad conclusions, but the results suggest that the well-documented differences in vaccination attitudes and reported uptake between Republicans and Democrats, have already had serious consequences for the severity and trajectory of the pandemic in the United States. If these differences in vaccination by political party affiliation persist, then the higher excess death rate among Republicans is likely to continue through the subsequent stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
MAGA and GOP pundits have whined about being “replaced” by Black and Brown people – those already in the country, and others coming to it. Yet nearly a third of the country did everything in its power to insure that dream would come true by bucking COVID mandates and mitigation.
Republicans are the OG’s of hypocrisy and projection. For them, it’s:
Republicans: Don’t kill a single fetus. Also, Herschel can kill all he wants, even baby eagle fetuses, we just want to win. Also, we’re killing ourselves because of the great replacement theory, which means someone will have to replace us.
But the good news is, they don’t have to worry about being replaced by others – they’re handling that task pretty well all on their own. And giving the moniker “Red State” an entirely new meaning.
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Ty Ross
News journalist for Occupy Democrats.

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