Thursday, March 10, 2022

N.Y. Times writer: Vaccines, masks, distancing didn't affect COVID rate

A New York Times senior writer who has observed a difference in adherence to COVID-19 mitigation measures between Republican and Democratic-majority areas of the country concludes vaccination, masking and social distancing haven't made an impact on the number of cases during the omicron wave.

Consequently, wrote David Leonhardt in his daily newsletter Wednesday, "there is a strong argument for continuing to remove other restrictions, and returning to normal life."

Leonhardt compared COVID-19 case rates between majority Democratic and Republican areas, pointing out that Democrats have tended to adhere to mitigation rules and are more likely to be vaccinated.

Yet, the number of official COVID-19 cases recently has been higher in "heavily Democratic areas" than Republican areas.