Don't know any COVID-19 patients who've died or been in the hospital? That may explain a lot

Seven months into the pandemic, it’s no secret that plenty of people still downplay the risks of COVID-19, scoffing at mask-wearing and social distancing.Politics clearly feeds that mind-set, as suggested by a new Pew Research Center survey in which Republicans were more likely to say the crisis was overblown. Others may resist restrictions — capacity limits in restaurants, say — because their livelihoods are at stake. And psychologists have warned that COVID-19 fatigue can lead people to be careless about precautions.But a more fundamental reason for the uneven support of COVID-19 prevention …

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