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Unified political leadership that has the good sense to avoid politicizing the issue can, I imagine, make a difference. It's harder to denialism to take root if everybody on all sides of the political spectrum works hard to shame and denounce it in every situation.

But if one side takes up virus denialism, then any sort of effective response becomes impossible. People don't like social distancing, and they really don't like lockdowns. They don't like closed schools. If one side tells them that they can have all the candy with no consequences ... well ... a lot of people are going to believe what they want to believe.

by Zwackus on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 07:42:28 AM EST
And some even take their Covid denial up to their dying breath - literally.

by Bernard on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 08:50:56 AM EST
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When I first saw this report, I was skeptical.  Then I saw an interview with the writer and other reports from other healthcare workers confirming the monumental stupidity that the Trmpists have perpetrated where people dying of COVID19 continue to deny that they have the disease.

It is infuriating to know that doctors, nurses, and all healthcare workers are risking their lives for people who refuse adamantly to recognize the reality of the situation even while they are sick and dying from it.  I suspect that before Christmas, if this continues, the USA health system will be in almost complete collapse.

And we have only ourselves to blame.  (But we'll figure out how to blame someone else I'm sure.)

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 06:47:28 PM EST
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Sounds like you need some Swiss economists
"Corona rebels" should be dealt with more toughly, for example hefty  fines for not wearing a mask, says Willy Oggier, a Swiss health economist.

"I also propose that Covid sceptics be entered into a register and forfeit their right to an emergency bed or place in an intensive care unit in the event of a shortage," Oggier said in an interview with Tamedia newspapers on Tuesday. "Anyone charged with wilfully disregarding social distancing and hygiene rules should bear responsibility for their actions."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 07:51:37 PM EST
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