How Americans Underestimate the Threat of Coronavirus

Philippe J. Fournier: Like many things in the United States today, it's all about Donald Trump, and opinion polls show the thoughts of his Republican supporters

According to reports, in our neighbor United States Coronavirus infections are on the rise, at least for now, and southern Mexico has been following the public health disaster we have witnessed in Italy. The latest data from John Hopkins University shows a sharp increase in reported cases over the past 24 hours. As of Thursday morning, 7,000 cases have been confirmed. By sunset, the total had climbed to 13,000 and is still increasing.

In fact, the daily reported infections in the United States follow the predictable exponential curve we see in other countries, with no signs of slowing down.

The Pew Research Center has published the latest opinion poll on the public's perception of the virus in the United States, which contains some interesting data that could explain why many Americans seem to underestimate the threat of coronavirus.

In a poll question, ask respondents if the current epidemic could harm their country's economy. Pew data show that the vast majority of Americans (70%) consider the current epidemic to be a "significant threat" to the U.S. economy:

from a political perspective We note that both Democratic and Republican voters agree that this outbreak poses a major threat to the economy. This percentage is 77% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans, and none of this is a major difference between political camps.

However, when asked if the coronavirus outbreak poses a threat to the health of the American population, we saw a clear divide between the parties:

Polarization is hard to say Clear: Although about half (47%) of Americans agree that the virus is the scientific consensus of the main threat to humans. In terms of the health of the U.S. population, this percentage includes only one-third of Republican voters. In February, as both China and South Korea were experiencing the worst pandemic and the number of cases in Italy began to get out of control, President Donald Trump reiterated that the virus was a "political prank" and mocked those who had warned "watchers" Dangerous person. According to data from this poll, this view is clearly supported by many Republican supporters.

When asked about the reaction of the US news media, we also found that there were significant differences among the respondents. Pew estimates that 62% of Americans believe that the news media overstates the risk of coronavirus:

Among Republican voters, this percentage has grown to a staggering 76%.

On the other hand, 52% of Americans believe that Trump did not take risks seriously in response to a coronavirus outbreak:

Not surprisingly, Trump and In other words, any opinion poll is the result of a sharp decline along the partisan line: Although half of Americans agree with Trump's understatement of the risk of the virus, this proportion rose to 79% among Democratic voters and only 22% among Republicans.

This raises the question: is it possible that many Americans have not actually taken this pandemic seriously? Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued clear warnings about the high transmission rate of the virus and provided concise guidelines to prevent its spread, many cities and states have not sounded the alarm to enforce the required quarantine measures.

A good example: Earlier this week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis refused to close the state's beaches, and thousands of young Americans flocked to spring break:

as of Thursday evening, it was pointed out that the most affected by the outbreak at present is New York, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases, followed by Washington State with slightly more than 1,200 infected cases. We will watch the spread of the epidemic in the southern part of the border closely to see if the U.S. curve mimics South Korea (the country where recent new cases have fallen sharply) or Italy (which currently has more deaths than China). [19659003] Dear reader, please stay there safely. Listen to experts and scientists.

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