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During Wisconsin’s primary election in early April, local officials, public-health experts, and poll workers all worried that in-person voting could spark a spike in coronavirus cases. About 1.55 million Wisconsinites voted in that election, 400,000 of whom voted in person. 

But by mid-April, no spike had come, according to a CDC report published in July. That’s likely because polling places instituted safety precautions like mask requirements and social distancing. Photos and local news reports showed most voters wearing masks and standing at least 6 feet apart in line.

For people who plan to vote in person on November 3, the risk of contracting coronavirus will be similarly low, according to Saskia Popescu, an epidemiologist at the University of Arizona.

“I actually equate it with takeout,” Popescu, a leading expert on coronavirus transmission, told Business Insider. “There are so many safety protocols being put into place for safe voting that it is really a lower-risk activity.” 

That’s because most polling places make people wear masks and line up outside, where it’s harder for the virus to spread from person to person. The process of voting in a booth takes just a few minutes, and most polling stations plan to sanitize all equipment indoors …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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