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COVID-19, New York, Ohio, public health policies, governors, federal, parties


The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted American society in almost every regard. The clash of politics and science in the United States (US) can be seen as the primary factor that was distorting the US pandemic response. American politics was criticized for being too involved in the pandemic response and many questioned if party leadership/ideology influenced decision-making of political officials. Republican and democratic states were deemed to have different responses which would assume that politics potentially played too much of a role in a health crisis. I compare New York and Ohio in the earliest pandemic phase of March-April 2020 and then extend this comparison through July 2020, because of their governors’ opposite party affiliation and similarity in the time frame in which the pandemic impacted the states the worst.