Prof. Christopher Adolph says the worst public health crisis in a century has become politicized, and has the data to prove it.
"States led by Republican governors have been slower than those led by Democrats to require residents to wear masks to protect against the novel coronavirus — if they have adopted such rules at all."
Prof. Adolph and grad student researchers at UW Seattle Political Science Department found that states with Republican governers were more reluctant to require people to wear masks.
"The University of Washington research looked at the influence of several factors in predicting which states have mask requirements and when they were created. It finds that Democratic governors are about seven times as likely as their Republican counterparts to require residents to wear masks."