Polarization Convolutes Coronavirus Discussion

Headline Roundup July 9th, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that political polarization has likely negatively impacted the Unites States' response to the coronavirus. A Reuters study reported 60,500 new cases of coronavirus across the U.S. Thursday.

Criticism of state governors' public health management quickly turns political as cases rise, and as the nation becomes more divided on the effectiveness of lockdown policies, reopening businesses and returning students to schools. Outlets from all sides of the political spectrum acknowledge this divide; several voices from the left tie the rise in cases to the government's slow response to the virus, while some voices from the right criticized what they characterize as conflicting messages from public health officials.

Polarization Convolutes Coronavirus Discussion

From the Left
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ANALYSIS

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows there have been over 15,000 cases almost every day since the end of March. On Tuesday, over 34,000 new cases were recorded.

It has now been suggested the uptick in COVID-19 cases may, in part, be due to politicization of the pandemic, with a failure to coordinate a unified response across the country.

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From the Center
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(Reuters) - More than 60,500 new COVID-19 infections were reported across the United States on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, setting a one-day record as weary Americans were told to take new precautions and the pandemic becomes increasingly politicized.

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From the Right
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On the menu today: The late comedian George Carlin used to joke: “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” There’s probably a perspective at work in how people respond to the ongoing pandemic — you most likely know someone who seems to be paranoid and overreacting, and you probably also know someone who seems to be taking unwise risks. Why do some people become Karens and some people become lackadaisical? Also, a pollster with a...

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