Amid all the high-octane reporting on COVID-19, another story is circulating at street level—that the whole thing is way overblown. After all, New York City has only 154 confirmed cases (LiveScience), LA County 40 cases (LA Times), and the state of Illinois just 46 (NBC Chicago). What's more, people will tell you coronavirus is no worse than the flu. Yet school systems and sports leagues are shutting down, mass events are being canceled, and President Trump is reversing course on his early skepticism to enact new travel bans. "I don't want people dying," Trump said. So how do we square this circle?
- Politics: One poll found that about 6 in 10 Republicans aren't worried about the coronavirus, while 68% of Democrats are. That might be because more Democrats live in cities—which are having worse outbreaks—but the New York Times notes that right-wing pundits are circulating doubt about the virus. Sean Hannity says it might be a deep-state "fraud," while Fox Business anchor Trish Regan was put on hiatus after calling the virus "another attempt to impeach the president," per Bloomberg.