Then Republicans Governor Kim Reynolds, who won a landslide victory on election night in the US state of Iowa, said it demonstrated his mild approach to the corona virus epidemic.
“This is a verification of our consistent response to Govt-19,” Reynolds said Said Vote. “One that takes into account both public health and economic health.”
That was two weeks ago. Since then, the path of infection Iowa, Like other places in the American Middle East, has taken a sharp and sad turn.
Govt-19 and hospitalized patients in Iowa have seen a 100% increase in daily confirmed cases and more than 50% of daily deaths since election night, hitting 41 on Tuesday. Nationwide, the United States has surpassed the confirmed 250,000 deaths – more than double that of any other country.
Like other Republicans torn between fighting epidemics and fighting cultural wars, Renault spent many months in his state rejecting the need for a mask order, calling it a “feel-good” move. But new Warnings from local hospitals A dangerously heavy load finally changed the course for Renault this week.
“The epidemic in Iowa is worse than ever,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. I do not want to do this. ”
The reluctance to “do this” is not unique to Renault – but to only one of the two major political parties in the United States.
From the beginning In epidemics, Republican officials across the country opposed Donald Trump, conspirators and low-level political calculations asking voters to take personal action to stop the spread of Covit-19. Until recently, many of those states escaped the ill effects of official exclusion and enjoyed little luck in the mysterious dynamics of the spread of the virus.
But with colder temperatures, an increase in indoor activity and widespread epidemic fatigue, the story has become worse this fall, as predicted by public health experts. Every week, health experts report that elected Republicans are reluctant to act against the virus.
Distrust of the basic public health guidelines sown by Republicans still has a devastating cost to pay: a climate of distrust that could hinder the nation’s immediate attempt to escape the grip of the virus through a global vaccine.
“Republicans against anti-masking, anti-distance, anti-testing are not only wrong as a matter of public policy.” Tweeted Bill Crystal, editor of the anti-Trump Bulwark. “Suffering does not even mean they have no empathy. They rejoice in not having empathy. They are glorified in their iniquity. They are proud of their inhumanity.”
Daily corona virus-related deaths have increased by more than 50% in the western states since the election, according to Republican leaders in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. Govt Monitoring Project – And like Iowa, those states are rife with new epidemics.
Some Republican governors, such as Reynolds and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgham, are driven by frustration at turning themselves into masks. But the governor of Nebraska, like Pete Ricketts, a major Trump supporter, has opposed the public mask order.
Instead of such an order, hundreds of Nebraska health workers signed it An open letter The Omaha World-Herald released on Wednesday, begging the public to cover up.
“Your leading health workers are exhausted,” they wrote. “We are afraid that hospitals will not always have the space and people to meet the increasing demand. We are seeing many deaths and many more.”
Lawrence O’Costin, a professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University, said the virus did not respect political boundaries because the United States did not have a clear map of the holes in political leadership with spikes in corona virus cases.
“In conservative states it is very difficult to establish direct and causal contact between governors who refuse to order masks, or refuse to send mixed messages” – and the lawsuits, Costin told the Guardian.
“But make no mistake about it, they are expanding massively in the United States because we cannot think of the state as some self-sufficient unit. They affect other states and they affect the whole country.”
Republican opposition to masks, social distance and other corona virus reduction measures Started early In infectious diseases. Trump set the tone for a purely political prism that saw the epidemic.
Alone, Trump said The virus is “deadly substance”, it “goes through the air” – in general he said the virus is a “hoax”, it “disappears”. Any Republican governor who has split with the party ranks, such as Ohio’s Mike Divine and Maryland’s Larry Hogan, has taken the angry Twitter island from the White House.
Republicans took corona virus rejection as an ideological war, equating basic health precautions with existential threats to individual liberty.
Conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said last week that security measures had imposed “unimaginable restrictions before personal liberty.” The Attorney General, William Barr, called future shelter orders “the greatest intrusion on civil rights in American history, except for slavery.”
Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown created a spectacular display of a partisan split on the Senate floor this week Asked the Chief Senator, Dan Sullivan of the Republic of Alaska, to wear a mask to protect the health of the staff who are supposed to be in the room – including an employee who sits directly under Sullivan.
“I do not need your advice,” Sullivan denied.
Ted Cruz, another Republican senator, rallied. “Shrove Brown is a complete ass,” he said Tweeted.
Senators were invited to the chamber to confirm the final few Trump judges. But that fact, in the eyes of critics, underscores the failure of Democrats to meet halfway through a new and much-needed corona virus relief bill, which appears to be a dead letter.
For millions of Americans infected with the corona virus, it has been too late to fix the failure to raise protocols for concealment and social exclusion, testing and contact-tracking. But the negative effects of the cultural war surrounding the epidemic could still be far ahead, damaging the national vaccination effort.
“The primary responsibility is to prioritize vaccines and distribute them [lies with] State and local health departments, ”Costin said. “Although you are going to have leadership that evaluates science, you are going to have opposition state and local government that is not effectively distributing the vaccine and not encouraging their citizens to get the vaccine.
“Therefore, a divisive, fragmented approach in the United States would be worse when it comes to vaccine distribution.”
Gostin said he hoped Biden would convene a Govt-19 summit at the White House, including all governors and public health commissioners.
Gostin said: “It will be difficult, but I think our only hope is to meet the things we face: the most daunting logistics challenge for a vaccine campaign in our lifetime.”