I don't know how the infection rates of other states look, but here in washington, the urban areas are ugly, and the highest infection rates are in the extremely rural farming counties.
From this, one could draw the same conclusions about red and blue as were drawn above.
But washington is a blue state, with a blue governor. That means we care about immigrants (the ones who can vote, for about as long as long as it takes to vote, it turns out.).
So during our spring lockdown, we kept the real estate agents working, because essential. But at the same time I couldn't get carpet installed in an empty house, by governor's decree, bunkhouses for migrant labor was A-OK.
This is how we end up with C19 disproportionately affecting minorities in rural white counties. The farmers supervise at a distance, and the migrant workers share bunkhouses. And move from bunkhouse to bunkhouse.
Maybe in Iowa, it's a bunch of old hard core Red farmers dying off. But I expect that if one looks closer, it's the Laotians working in the slaughterhouses that took the hit. And I doubt they were voting Red.
This is a disease that hits communities. In rural areas, communities are fairy easily separated, quarantine and social pressure work better.
County level data, even zip code level data, isn't going to capture which communities are hardest hit.
But I can tell you this, they live close together. And people who live close together, slant Blue.
As for the individualism vs cooperative society bit goes, I think this misses the point, entirely.
America CAN pull together, and get things done. But we aren't very good at it. And usually, we all get our backs up about something, and go bomb something, (sometimes, we even bomb something close to the perceived source of our anger. Sometimes, we miss by a nation or two.
) But even then, we tend to do so, factionally.
So, given the culture we have to work with, one not very successful at generating a United Front TM against anything we don't actually go to war against.*
Why do we keep wringing our hands about being what we are not, rather than embracing solutions that yield better results?
We have seen the political solution in a politically polarized america.
It's either this again next time, or do something different. I don't think anyone knows how to unite america for longer than it takes to misplace some munitions. So I'm looking for "something different".
Anyone have any ideas for something different?
* Even if we declare war on abstracts. Like the War on Drugs, or the War on Poverty, Americans get bored with wars with no bloodshed.