Although coronavirus-related, this isn’t really a Covid thread, so I’m not putting it in Quarantine Zone:
Conservatives are plenty capable of taking a disease seriously. When there was the (tiny, tiny) risk of Ebola in America in 2014, there was plenty of hype in the right wing about it, and some even dressed up in hazmat bodysuits and protested outside the White House. Sure, one key difference was that it was a Democrat who was in office at the time, not Trump, but the point remains. Many of these conservatives, by the way, probably also bought into the hype when anthrax letters were being mailed in 2002.
But with the coronavirus, somehow it became the conservative thing to ignore or deny the danger. I suspect this is because Covid doesn’t kill in gruesome fashion and that had the coronavirus instead been some disease that gnawed at testicles, caused pints of blood to spew forth from body orifices and killed victims in extreme flailing pain, that there’d be a different response.
What if Covid had been an intentional bio-attack (which it wasn’t, but let’s suppose it had been) - would that get conservatives to treat it differently, because now malice is part of the equation? Or was it just that conservatives can only get hyped up over scary-sounding diseases like hemorrhagic fever and smallpox, but not ones that sound tamer?