In Great Britain among the most dead, most infected and least vaccinated “brexiters”

In Great Britain among the most dead, most infected and least vaccinated “brexiters”
In Great Britain among the most dead, most infected and least vaccinated “brexiters”

London, Heathrow airport, a sign indicates a center for the execution of swabs – ANSA

Hard to believe, but Brexit and Covid have much more in common than one might assume. To certify an evident statistical correlation between these two very different – but both dramatic – pages in British history, is a recent study, the result of the collaboration between the Saïd Businees School of the University of Oxford and the University of Glasgow.

The electoral districts in which the “brexiter” vote to leave the European Union was stronger, therefore, had far fewer vaccinated – and therefore more deaths and more sick from Covid-19 – than the “pro-European” ones who they mostly oriented themselves towards the Remain. In the Brexit & Covid-19 Death Rates study, Professor Ludovic Phalippou of Oxford Saïd and Dr Betty Wu of Adam Smith business school have cross-referencing the epidemiological data with the referendum data of the two events, i.e. the numbers of infections and deaths caused by the SARS CoV-2 pandemic with those on the vote in 300 districts at the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Hence the discovery that the more “separatist” areas of the country had a death rate that was about 33 per cent higher, as did the level of infections, which was 25 per cent higher. Obviously the vaccination rate was lower than in the pro-Remain districts.

“There could be a cultural gap between the groups of people who accept and those who reject expert advice,” he explains he professor Ludovic Phalippou – whether it is Brexit or non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as wearing masks or accepting vaccines. Our findings suggest the need to design incentive schemes that take into account different cultures and belief systems. Scientific skill, such as finding an effective vaccine, may not be enough to solve this crisis. ”

The British figure would seem to coincide with the reductionist – if not negationist – positions on the pandemic that are more widespread among the sovereign and anti-European political forces of other countries of European Union. According to Dr. Betty Wu, this research «has shown how two main events, apparently unrelated and five years apart, have a very high degree of correlation. We looked at a variety of variations, including the proportion of retirees, population density, and the number of nursing homes. But none – says the researcher – was correlated as significantly with lower mortality rates as the fraction of the remainder. Likewise, lower vaccination rates and those voting for Brexit were easily the statistically most significant explanatory variable. “


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