‘It’s safe to say it didn’t help, but whether it actively hurt people—it’s very likely, but not possible to really prove it…’
(Liberty Headlines) Leftist operatives trying to wage an outrageous scheme to throw the November election with mail-only ballots faced a major setback after the much ballyhooed Wisconsin primary showed no evidence of a coronavirus spike.
Wisconsin’s April 7 presidential primary drew nearly 411,000 people to leave their homes, despite mandatory shelter-in-place and social-distancing edicts, in order to pick a winner in the contentious intra-party rivalry between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Fearmongers prematurely cited the in-person voting as ‘evidence’ of the pandemic’s danger after Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, attempted to delay the primary at the last minute. His maneuver was blocked by the courts, however, who said election officials had ample time to prepare.
While the Wisconsin race brought the protracted primary battle to a close, prompting Sanders to drop out and endorse Biden, it proved the perfect storm for grievance-prone leftists, already in hysterics over over-hyped health crisis.
Many wore masks and voiced their rage at Republicans in the Legislature who dared to challenge Evers’s impromptu attempt to delay the election.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos—who worked the polls in a mask, gloves and protective gown—was widely derided for reassuring voters that it was “incredibly safe to go out.”
Now, it turns out, Vos was correct. Well beyond the 14-day incubation period for COVID-19, the spike in Wisconsin failed to materialize.
For the so-called experts on the Left who, a month ago, projected certain doom, that means one thing: inconclusiveness.
A team of epidemiologists and public health experts who examined the potential impact of the election on the spread of COVID-19 in Milwaukee released a study Wednesday that drew no conclusions, in large part because of the lack of widespread testing and contact tracing.
“We lack the scientific tools and infrastructure to really measure the impact reliably,” said Kristen Malecki, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
“If we were able to test everybody, then we would absolutely be able to say whether [there was a surge] or not,” Malecki hedged.
Because the prevailing wisdom of the researchers was disproved, it will likely never be known just how safe—or not—it was to vote, they insisted.
“It’s safe to say [the election] didn’t help,” said Dr. Nasia Safdar, medical director of infection control and prevention at UW Health, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s medical arm. “But whether it actively hurt people, it’s very likely but not possible to really prove it.”
It hasn’t stopped some from pushing a radical, over-reactive agenda even farther. With many states ready to move past the draconian quarantine orders, the Left’s new pet cause is the invasive monitoring and tracking of anyone deemed an exposure risk.
University of Wisconsin researchers who are using cellphone data to track the mobility of Americans in the middle of the pandemic said the data show people moved around more on the April 7 election day than they did in the days leading up to the vote.
Sixty-one people who tested positive for COVID-19 since April 7 reported that they had been at the polls, but state health officials have warned against assuming that’s how they became infected since many of them had also been other places where they could have been exposed.
The state intends to stop asking people who tested positive after Thursday whether they were at the polls because the 14-day incubation period of the virus has long since passed. They are also not counting anyone who was at the polls but who didn’t show symptoms until after April 21.
Five National Guard members who worked the polls reported having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but only one was tested. That test came back negative. Doctors would not give the other four tests.
Ramping up contact tracing will help in identifying future cases but not tell the story of what happened during the election, said Brian Yandell, interim director of the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute.
In the absence of greater testing and tracking now, Yandell said, “we largely are flying blind.”
But skeptics say the prevalence of asymptomatic carriers who test positive in random testing offers even less reason to fret.
Rather, it reveals that much of the population has been exposed without dire consequence and that the pandemic may eventually resolve itself without the need to wait for a vaccine through herd immunity, mutation and other natural means.
The focus, say COVID contrarians, should be on protecting and healing the vulnerable population—including elderly patience and those with compromised immunity or pre-existing conditions—instead of trying to shelter everybody.
Wisconsin is about to hold more in-person voting next week, to fill a vacant congressional seat in the northern part of the state. Evers has made no attempt to stop it, in part because of the more rural population and lower infection rates. Nebraska is also holding a statewide election Tuesday with in-person voting.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press