Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said Hispanics in his state have higher rates of coronavirus and are less likely to social distance and wear masks.
“Wear the mask out of respect. And I will tell you I’m not a scientist and I’m not a statistician, but one of the concerns that we’ve had more recently is that the Hispanic population now constitutes about 44% of the positive cases. We do have some concerns that in the Hispanic population we have seen less consistent adherence to social distancing and wearing a mask,” Tillis said during a town hall on Tuesday.
As of mid-June, Hispanics made up 44% of the around 30,000 confirmed cases in North Carolina, The News & Observer reported, citing state health officials.
On July 14, the same day Tillis made the remarks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an editorial in the journal of the American Medical Association outlining three studies which illustrate the efficacy of masks in limiting the spread of COVID-19. One survey broke down mask usage and approval along demographic lines.
CDC data from April 7–9 showed that nearly 62% of respondents said they would follow the agency's new recommendations to wear a face covering in public. A follow-up survey conducted from May 11-13 found that number had increased to more than 76%.
“The increase was driven largely by a significant jump in approval by white, non-Hispanic adults, from 54% to 75%,” the article read.
“Approval among Black, non-Hispanic adults went up from 74% to 82% and remained stable among Hispanic/Latino adults at 76% and 77%,” it continued. “There was also a large increase in face-mask approval among respondents in the Midwest, from 44% to 74%. Approval was greatest in the Northeast, going from 77% to 87%.”
In other words, Latinx adults early on appeared to have been far more likely to wear masks than their white peers. What's more, the increase among white adults who were surveyed, while significant, did not surpass that of their Latinx counterparts.
We need to kick this moron out of office and Cal Cunningham (D. NC) has been raising the resources to do just that:
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis was outraised nearly 3-to-1 by his Democratic challenger in the last quarter, according to campaign reports that signal a more precarious reelection bid for the Republican in the presidential battleground state.Cal Cunningham's campaign took in a whopping $7.4 million in the second quarter, compared to $2.6 million by Tillis, according to filings due late Wednesday at the Federal Election Commission. The two campaigns were essentially tied with cash in their coffers starting July 1 — Tillis had almost $6.9 million and Cunningham $6.6 million.The fundraising for Tillis — slightly more than what he collected in the first quarter — contrasts with Cunningham, whose campaign said he took in the largest quarterly haul ever raised by a North Carolina Senate candidate. The fundraising period began April 1, during the depths of North Carolina's COVID-19 stay-at-home order and weeks after both candidates won their respective primaries.
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