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Original Graphic by E Rosalie for NOVEL SCIENCE

Peer-Reviewed Politics

The GOP-led States Had 13x Greater Odds of Ranking in the Highest Positive Testing Group — and Masks Show Rapid Benefit

What helps lower the percent-positive rates, prevent death, and avoid long-term economic downturn? We assessed percent positive testing rates, state governors’ political affiliation, and mask policies for effect and association.

Politics unmasked:

Key Findings:

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How Do States Differ?

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Johns Hopkins University | Aug 3, 2020
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How Did a Governor’s Political Party Affect Ranking in the Highest & Lowest Percent Positive Groups?

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We find that a Republican governor increased a state’s odds of ending up in the highest percent positive testing group by 13 times.

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Did a Mask Mandate Significantly Reduce a State’s Percent Positive Testing Rate?

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We examined all Democratic- & Republican-led states to find the averages for groups overall

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States with Democratic Governors averaged 5.68% positive, around half of the percent positive for Republican-led states, 10.14%.

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Averages for States with a Mask Policy

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With Policies

Averages for States with a Policy Divided by Party

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The Republican-led States with and without Mask Mandates
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This find suggests that governors choosing not to enact policy are neglecting to use one of the most powerful tools for fighting the current pandemic.

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(Adolf et al., 2020)

Any governor likely has the power to lower the percent-positive testing rate and prevent more deaths and a steeper economic decline.

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(Correia et al., 2020)

Limitations

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The Wall-Street Journal commented in July:

Goldman Sachs also commented to this effect in a July 2020 report:

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by E Rosalie for NOVEL SCIENCE
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