Americans divided on coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak seems to have become a partisan issue — here's how.

A partisan issue

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to see the virus as an imminent threat to the U.S., according to recent polling. Democrats are also more likely to take responsive steps, like limiting travel and washing their hands. Downplay could be due to the fact that major cities effected like New York City and Los Angeles are blue states in comparison to the rural areas that are less affected and governed by Republicans. President Trump has transitioned from downplaying the issue to now declaring travel bans pertaining to Europe. He even announced that he may impose domestic travel restrictions on states with high amounts of the virus.

“A lot of it is and what I say is use common sense. Like washing hands and, you know, certain things. Keep a little bit of distance away. That’s why the sporting events are a little bit tough. Because you have people sitting in small seats right next to each other, so it’s a little bit tough. What happened with the NBA is pretty incredible, but you look over in Europe and you see their big soccer matches were canceled. It’s pretty amazing when you think of what happened and how fast this spread to the world… this is a very fast spreader,” President Trump shared with the media on March 12, 2020.

How to avoid spreading Coronavirus

Since reports have determined that a coronavirus vaccine will not be perfected for another year or year and a half, it is best to start looking into at-home prevention methods. Health professionals are asking citizens to stop buying medical masks as they are often worn improperly, and tend to be more effective for those with the virus rather than those trying to avoid getting sick. Other known prevention methods include rigorously and frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer if soap is unavailable, disinfecting any and all surfaces, and preparing medicine and food supplies in case of infection.