Partisan Differences are High Among the Lessons Americans Gathered from COVID-19
Sadly, this will color the response to future infectious disease outbreaks
Americans have watched in real time as the country has moved to confront the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Scientists have developed and tested vaccines and treatments for the virus at an unprecedented pace, while government leaders have grappled with appropriate policy response, attempting to balance public health and other considerations.
A recent Pew Research Center survey asked U.S. adults to say, in their own words, what they have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. One set of respondents were asked what they learned about the development of vaccines and medical treatments, while another set were asked what they think the country should learn to be better prepared for a future outbreak of disease.
As with a host of other views about the coronavirus outbreak, Americans’ thoughts about these questions are often divided along partisan lines. When thinking of lessons learned about the development of medical treatments and vaccines, Democrats and those who lean to the Democratic Party often mention appreciation for the vaccine development process and the speed at which vaccines and treatments were developed. Another top response is a respect for science generally.
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