COVID-19 Deaths Get Redder And Redder

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt took a look at demographics and found what we already knew – the gap in the COVID-19 death toll between red and blue America has grown wider and wider.

From the New York Times:

In October, 25 out of every 100,000 residents of heavily Trump counties died from Covid, more than three times higher than the rate in heavily Biden counties (7.8 per 100,000).

October was the fifth consecutive month that the percentage gap between the death rates in Trump counties and Biden counties widened.

The true explanation is straightforward: The vaccines are remarkably effective at preventing severe Covid, and almost 40 percent of Republican adults remain unvaccinated, compared with about 10 percent of Democratic adults.

Charles Gaba, a Democratic health care analyst, has pointed out that the gap is also evident at finer gradations of political analysis: Counties where Trump received at least 70 percent of the vote have an even higher average Covid death toll than counties where Trump won at least 60 percent.

Read the full article at the New York Times.