“I don’t get it; I honestly do not get it,” researcher Ali Mokdad said from his home in Seattle, where he’s been for a month under Washington’s ongoing stay-at-home order.
Mokdad is the chief strategy officer of population health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a prominent research center at the University of Washington, that created one of the most influential national models predicting the coronavirus’ spread.
“The message is exactly the same,” said Mokdad of the various models by national and international research teams. Coronavirus is deadly. It’s highly contagious. And the best way to combat it is to stay home for everything other than essential work and trips to buy food, medicine and other survival needs.
On Monday, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm said in-person voting would “without question” increase case totals, “and an increase in the number of cases in Wisconsin would result in more deaths.”