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Virus Deaths in Democratic versus Republican States

Editor’s Note: Liberty Fund did not commission the research or a poll in this essay and does not issue judgment upon the results reached by the author. Such attribution was inaccurately reported in a Newsweek essay dated May 7, 2020 titled “Majority of Americans Think the US Death Rate Is Wrong, Democrats Say More Americans Have Likely Died While Republicans Say Fewer.”

When controlling for the differences in population across states, the number of deaths from coronavirus is over three times higher in states with Democratic governors than in states with Republican governors. As of Sunday, April 26, states with Republican governors have experienced 57.53 coronavirus deaths per million of population, states with Democratic governors have 179.74 deaths per million of population. Even excluding the state of New York as an extreme outlier, states with Democratic governors have 138.58 deaths per million from coronavirus, still over twice as many coronavirus deaths per million as deaths in states with Republican governors.[1]

It merits emphasis from the get-go that this relationship is obviously not directly causal. The inauguration of Kentucky’s new Democratic governor on December 10, 2019 did not triple the state’s subsequent mortality from the coronavirus relative to what it would have been had Republican incumbent Matt Bevin been reelected.

The dramatically different death rates between states with Republican and Democratic governors, however, illuminates two issues concerning state-level responses to the coronavirus. First, the dramatically lower death rates in Republican states account for the willingness of Republican governors to consider relaxed shelter-in-place policies relative to governors in Democratic states. As is appropriate in a federal system where significant policy responsibility continues to be exercised at the state level, a shelter-in-place policy appropriate for New York would not necessarily work well in Wyoming. Governors should be encouraged, not condemned, for pursuing policies tailored to the unique characteristics of their states.

Secondly, however, the question, “what did he know and when did he know it,” is not merely a question to ask the President regarding national-level policy responses to the coronavirus threat since February. The near-certainty of a global pandemic of some sort has been well-known in policy circles for decades. The unique demographic characteristics of each state that make them more or less susceptible to pandemic contagion are best known to state politicians, especially state governors. In the U.S. constitutional system in which state governments uniquely hold police powers—defined to be general authority to protect the health, safety, welfare and morality of the people (a power that the US national government does not have today and has never had)—it is a fair question to ask why so many state governors were caught unprepared. Particularly governors in states that had well known characteristics, like large, cosmopolitan cities, likely to exacerbate the risk of pandemic contagion.

Tocqueville observed that the U.S. has a “complex constitution.” Note the small “c.” In discussing the nation’s complex constitution, he was not writing of the complexity of written state and national Constitutions. He was rather discussing how the entire system of governance in the U.S. was constituted – state governments with the national government. Needless to say, the size of the U.S. national government is dramatically different today than it was in the 1830s. At the same time, it remains completely false to suggest that states no longer retain significant authority over vast domains of policy within their states. This is true as a formal Constitutional matter in that the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently denied that the U.S. national government has police power and continues to insist only state governments hold that power—except in limited areas where delegated to the national government. And it is true empirically as well.

For as large as the national government is, state governments nonetheless spend almost as much in total as the national government spends. Even in the exercise of power over everyday life, criminal and civil matters continue to be overwhelmingly defined and litigated under the authority of the states and not under the authority of the national government.

The advantage of a federal system is that it combines the advantages that large nations enjoy with the benefits of small ones. It is a virtue of federal systems that states can craft policies to their unique circumstances. Tocqueville observed that “In centralized great nations, the legislator is obliged to give a uniform character to the laws which does not encompass the diversity of places and mores.”

If the Democrats were so smart and caring, then why this huge divergence of death rates between Republican and Democratic states?

This is no more obviously true, even if much neglected by experts and commentators today, than in state-level policies crafted to respond to the coronavirus. Given the huge differences in the death rates of the virus across the difference states it should be almost immediately obvious that it is appropriate that different states craft different policy responses to virus. Different state policies that reflect different experiences and demographic factors is not a weakness of the U.S. federal system, it is a strength of that system.

The idea that a nation as large and diverse as the U.S. should have a one-size-fits-all national “shelter-in-place” policy is absurd on its face. Yet so much of the mainstream media’s commentary ignores the variation in state-level experience, and criticizes Republican governors for precipitately re-opening their states. This does not mean that Republican governors are necessarily right, but they’re certainly not wrong simply for not aping the policies of Democratic governors.

Secondly, the national government has an obvious and sizeable role in a global pandemic of this sort. It has primary authority over international matters and on matters that cross state borders. But states governments—and state governors—have the primary formal power over the health, safety, and welfare of the people in their state, they also have fine-grained information about their state’s demographic and economic characteristics.

The lack of preparation for a pandemic cannot be laid solely at the feet of the national government in the U.S. The demographic factors and other unique circumstances, say, of New York are well known to New Yorkers. It does not take a genius to recognize the special risks that New York City or San Francisco, or Chicago would face in a pandemic.

I don’t think that Republican governors would have done any better in preparing for the coronavirus pandemic than the Democratic governors have. But that’s not the proper measure: If you listen to Democrats and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media, Democratic politicians are just plain smarter and more caring than Republican politicians. That the death rate from the coronavirus is three times higher in states with Democratic governors than in states with Republican governors challenges this tendentious narrative.

The mainstream media is critical of Trump and his response to the coronavirus threat. But the last four months is not the proper measure for assessing anti-pandemic policy. Andrew Cuomo has been Governor of New York since 2011. He has had that entire time to prepare his state for a pandemic. Yet his state’s death rate is almost ten times the national average. If Cuomo were a Republican governor, this number would not be grounds for proffering his name as a presidential candidate, it would be grounds for impeachment for nonfeasance.

[1] To compute these state averages, I used data from the “Coronavirus Tracker” Table posted on RealClearPolitics, accessed Sunday morning, April 26, 2020. The data reflect the entire “population” of all 50 states. So, computation of statistical significance is not strictly appropriate. Nonetheless, if we think of the actual state data as a sample drawn from a hypothetical set of possible state outcomes, then reporting statistical significance would be appropriate. The difference for state mortality per million between states with Republican governors and Democratic governors was statistically significant at the 0.05 level of significance. The differences were statistically significant both when New York was included in the “sample” and when it was excluded.

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on April 28, 2020 at 10:21:13 am

Bottom Line: even with lack of good statistical analysis in this article (which it recognizes), there is no reason to believe that Democrats handled the epidemic better than Republicans.
But when one is a liberal, one doesn't need "proof," just prejudices.

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Raymond Franck
on May 06, 2020 at 10:57:59 am

The coronavirus crisis is indistinguishable from the Blue State pension crisis. Read here

https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/coronavirus-side-effect-calpers-drops-to-60-funded/

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Wayne Lusvardi
on May 11, 2020 at 16:23:33 pm

Aucontraire, Dems have the facts on their side.

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DONALD
on May 15, 2020 at 19:22:51 pm

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/05/14/coronavirus-montezuma-county-coroner-alcohol-poisoning-covid-death/ Medical professionals in democrat governed states are being pressured to make covid the cause of death regardless of other indicators. https://fee.org/articles/physicians-say-hospitals-are-pressuring-er-docs-to-list-covid-19-on-death-certificates-here-s-why/ This appears to be much more prevalent in Democrat controlled states (california and illinois for instance in this article) than Republican controlled. That's very odd.

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Alan
on April 28, 2020 at 11:07:02 am

In the beginning I thought there would be light. But then there was darkness, and this essay lost its way.
A rewrite could put it back on the path of coherence.

But I will just comment on some issues which come immediately to my mind:
1) Why should the reader give Democrats an unwarranted boost by not considering New York in the statistics which strongly suggest that the Democrat Party is incompetent at public health governance and in a public health crisis did fail (and in the future is likely to fail) to respond adequately? Dropping New York changes the Blue State/Red State Wuhan Virus death ratio from three to one to two to one. Yet, New York is the bluest of blue states; it is run top to bottom, Albany to Yonkers, by the Leftist of Left Democrats. Of course one must consider New York's death stats, State and City, if one is to judge the Democrats on their public health governance and on defending against the pandemic. A corollary consideration is that New York's death stats actually understate the dismal public health performance of New York's Democrats because hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of residents fled New York City, certainly reducing the impact of sickness there while likely spreading it elsewhere, most probably in areas within quick driving distance of NYC, up and down the east coast and in the mid-Atlantic. (Three NYC Democrats turned up on my block in the DC suburbs and for over a month have been walking freely and frequently about the neighborhood, in the drug store and shopping for groceries.)
2) Rogers says of the grossly disparate Red State/Blue State death statistics, "this relationship is obviously not directly causal." And then Rogers cites as his only evidence of non-causality the fact that Kentucky's death rate did not triple after December 2019 when a Democrat replaced the Republican governor, an argument which is so logically-laughable and statistically-meaningless as to be beyond response. If the disparate death rates do not prove that the Red States were better prepared beforehand and then better responded after the crisis hit, the statistical disparities surely suggest, at least, that on the matters of public heath governance and crisis response there is a statistical correlation in favor of the Republicans and against the Democrats. My assertion is buttressed by the far better infection and death rates in the more populous Florida than in the less populous New York.
3) Having stated that the disparate death rates are not indicia of causation, Rogers then states, "...the dramatically lower death rates in Republican states account for the willingness of Republican governors to consider relaxed shelter-in-place policies relative to governors in Democratic states." Ha Ha the logic of contradiction!
4) Rogers states what is a mere truism that "Governors should be encouraged, not condemned, for pursuing policies tailored to the unique characteristics of their states." True, of course. But on the central political issue, the matters of public health governance and health crisis response, the question is why did Democrat governors pursue the wrong policies, the policies which (as Rogers acknowledges) were less protective, if not directly harmful, of their citizens? For example, why did Governor Cuomo order nursing homes to admit all applicants regardless of their virus status while prohibiting nursing homes the right to test or even inquire of applicants as to the corona virus? That decision probably killed dozens of old people. Why did Michigan and other Blue State governors order hospitals to take only corona virus and other essential cases, including abortions, while excluding from hospitalization tens of thousands of patients whose treatment their doctors considered to be essential and whose payments the hospitals badly needed if they were to stay financially viable? It seems that for Democrats the special, inviolate, doctor-patient relationship exists only for abortions and that hospitals now awash in red ink are a problem for taxpayers not the governors who put the hospitals in debt. "How low can Democrats go?'' one might ask, in their public health governance?
5) Much more dissection should be done on this hapless essay with its well-intentioned effort to defend federalism. But my much-belated breakfast awaits, so that I have lost interest in arguing with illogic for now.

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Paladin
on April 28, 2020 at 12:07:13 pm

True, because the data does not reflect the number of persons who died, who were elderly and thus does not consider the fact that in many States, those residing in Nursing Homes were not adequately protected, despite the fact that the Lockdown was justified by the fact that we needed to protect the most vulnerable, our parents and grandparents, and those with compromise immune systems, because for that particular population, the Coronavirus is deadly.

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Nancy
on April 28, 2020 at 11:27:15 am

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nursing-homes-overwhelmed-coronavirus-it-impossible-us-stop-spread-n1174171

https://www.google.com/search?q=why+haven%27t+we+protected+the+elderly+in+nursing+homes&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

We were told that the 15 Day Period was suppose to give us a chance to quarantine ourselves in order to protect the most vulnerable while getting the elderly and those with compromised immunity, as well as those who need special care to a safe haven. Nursing Homes have been hit hard. We need to investigate these homes to determine which Governors and local government agencies made sure there were enough masks and sanitizers for the patients, and made an effort to protect them. How many of those who died in hospitals came from Nursing Homes or died in Nursing Homes that were complacent? Should we not be surprised that when we condone an atheistic materialistic globalism whose greatest concern is “overpopulation”, and thus they deny the Sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and deny the Sanctity of marriage and the family, while worshiping Pachamama, that those who justified the shutting down of whole nations, in order to save human life, would continue to practice abortion and “euthanasia” during the shut down?

We still do not know if this virus was created accidentally or intentionally as a form of “euthanasia”, by an atheistic materialistic government that does not respect the inherent Dignity of innocent human life.
What we do know is that neither WHO, The UN, or even Bill Gates, desire to question the atheistic materialist Government Of China to get the answer to the question:
What exactly was going on in that laboratory in Wuhan?
Certainly in order to serve The Common Good, we all, including the people of China, have standing, and thus, a right to know.

https://arxiv.org/pdf/2003.12191.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29594459

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2516548/

https://www.idse.net/Covid-19/Article/03-20/COVID-19-Brings-Cytokine-Storm/58061

https://www.evolutamente.it/covid-19-pneumonia-inflammasomes-the-melatonin-connection/

https://www.google.com/search?q=iron+overload+and+respiratory+disease&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/must-read-research-reveals-that-covid-19-attacks-hemoglobin-in-red-blood-cells,-rendering-it-incapable-of-transporting-oxygen--current-medical-protoco

https://www.google.com/search?q=NLRP3+inflammasome+and+hepcidin&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrgD5TyJmrM

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Nancy
on May 06, 2020 at 10:55:10 am

Hi, Nancy, I see you refer to the COVID19/index.html page as of April 28, 2020. I notice that many people say there was a big drop from April 30 to May 1. Do you have any historical screen shots that show the numbers from that page before May 1?

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Eric Turner
on April 28, 2020 at 12:07:43 pm

Paladin's point #4 says it all. It is policy not demographics, although the composition of the populace is relevant, that is the determining factor. And it is also the factor that rogers is either unable or unwilling to comment upon. Let us further note the actions (and proposed policies) of the National Democratic leadership who appear far more concerned with advancing their agendas and their continual assault on all things considered by them to be exemplars of the Sexist, racist, patriarchal hegemon, otherwise known as American civilization, and we may begin to understand the depth of their hostility towards their "Red" brethren, their utter disregard for their "deplorable" fellow citizens, their latent tendency towards tyranny and their willingness to deny (or delay) measures (not all of which are sound, BTW) intended to ameliorate some of the economic, social and psychological harm inflicted upon the citizenry by THOSE very extreme measures implemented by the Democrat party minions. Vote by mail, $2k/ month guaranteed payments for all, INCREASED immigration (both legal and illegal), etc etc etc - all of which are intended and presumed to increase Democratic Party vote-getting. Nero is said to have fiddled while Rome burned; Pelosi, Schumer, AOC et al may be said to be burning treasury notes while the cities health and the national economy are burning.

Enjoy your breakfast. I'll have my usual crispy bacon and fried eggs while the food supply is (barely) still viable.

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gabe
on April 28, 2020 at 12:22:51 pm

Which begs the question, how did The World Health Organization, working with The Chinese atheistic materialistic government, know that this particular Coronavirus would be deadly for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems? What data did they base that projection on, and who presented them with this data? Don’t all of us who have standing, including innocent people in China, have a right to know?

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm

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Nancy
on April 28, 2020 at 12:50:02 pm

P.S. Gabe, at this hour it is late, but not too late, to get the economy up and running while moving forward with the positive lessons we have learned that will help us be aware of those things that can help lower the number of deaths from various pathogens, including practicing good hygiene, in private, and in public, quarantining ourselves if we are sick, and protecting our most vulnerable population, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, from getting sick.

Any effort, in regards to vaccines, should be directed towards recreating an ethical vaccine, obviously without the use of stem cells from aborted babies, as well as the use of any type of medium that has the potential to result in a life-threatening reaction. We should also consider the possibility of using a patients own stem cells, if possible, in creating an ethical vaccine. Let us Pray, that valuable lessons will be learned from this period of Time in Salvational History, lessons that will serve for The Common Good, so that all will come to understand it is possible, if we orient ourselves to The True God, to have both Liberty and a Happy Death, for only The Truth Of Love can set us free, and lead us to Salvation

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Nancy
on April 29, 2020 at 21:23:15 pm

Nancy, Your optimism is admirable. My glass is half-empty, and I've lost my rose-colored glasses.

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Deb
on April 28, 2020 at 16:10:43 pm

A number of us at LLB have alluded to the Democrat tendency to over regulate, to seize upon a crisis and to incrementally enhance the reach, scope and power of the Federal Government. The same may be said of State level governance, especially when under the control of the 3rd rate intellects masquerading as either or both experts and Elected Leaders.
History tells us that the genie of enhanced government powers are quite easily taken out of the bottle; history also tells us that it is quite difficult (except after the Civil War in many instances, but not all) to replace that vaporous and apparently ever expanding miasmic effulgent effluence (and Yes, I did mean "shiny sh*t). Indeed, it is debatable whether any such recapture is even desired by the political leadership.
here now we observe the Democrat Governor of Connecticut intimating (expecting / demanding?) that social distancing will and should be the "New Normal"
Are we to suppose that Connecticutt State Police will be expected to enfroce such restrictions into the future to assure the triumph of the New Normal.
Insane, you ask? Perhaps; but how many other New Normal cycles have we been through. Spying on the citizenry? - see Woodie Wilson during and after The Great War; Price Controls - See the Democrat Party before, during and after the Great Depression and WWII; asset forfeitur - see the stautes designed to combat another War - the War on Drugs and observe how that New Normal results in the loss of citizen assets as a result of a fasulty taillight.
I can go on BUT....
Why bother? I am living in the New Normal. It is the NEXT Normal about which I am concerned. Will I be penalized for having crispy bacon and fried eggs for breakfast? or standing too close to my wife while on the local municipal golf course?

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gabe
on April 28, 2020 at 16:25:48 pm

The "Democrat" states generally include large and very large, congested metropoleis. The congestion is more to blame for the increased Wuhan Virus illness spread than political orientation of the government structures. In fact, it is this same congestion that encourages the over-regulation typical of large cities. Also, as a counter example, consider New Mexico, a decidedly Democrat ruled state, where there is a very low overall concentration of people except in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, etc. Where is the WuFlu prevalent? In these concentrations.

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John Tate
on May 31, 2020 at 13:55:38 pm

Same scenario goes fo Nevada.

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Doug brockma
on April 30, 2020 at 10:44:27 am

It comes down to density of land vs people. Red states have less people packed in tight areas, and that is the reason. Not because of some bullshit you came up with in your article

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Barry
on April 30, 2020 at 17:16:17 pm

Well, Yes and NO!

Here is a bit of most recent ChiComm flu policy for a small county in Indiana (White County) population approximately 29,000.

Strict limits on the number of customers per square foot of retail space
Only one family member is allowed in a retail space at a time
Children under 16 are not allowed in any essential business
Knowingly violating these orders is punishable by $1000 fine or 180 days in jail

Idiotic, is it not? How, for instance, may a single mother shop for groceries. What damage will this do.

Thus, I would suggest that "policy" as much as population makes a difference.
But here is the kicker:
This idiocy was formulated by a nominal Republican. Apparently, Repubs are susceptible to overreach and bad policies as much as Leftists.

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gabe
on May 06, 2020 at 12:22:41 pm

Do you think perhaps that some of those very policies have an impact on density or public transportation as a vector? If you dont then you are either naive, a fool, or both.

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CMS
on May 13, 2020 at 10:27:18 am

The population density mantra put forth by liberals falls apart when you start looking at large cities in red states. It is obliterated when you compare Tokyo and NYC.

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Truth Teller
on May 01, 2020 at 06:51:10 am

Florida refuses to release their numbers which would prove your entire argument invalid. Oklahoma and Texas as well have shown increases in cases and deaths. It’s interesting that a Texas A&M political scientist is still playing Republican politics while over 60,000 United States citizens have died because Trump lied and ignored it for two months.

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Fred
on May 21, 2020 at 18:22:53 pm

Florida has always released their numbers. If you're going to lie at least don't lie about common knowledge.

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Prodius
on May 01, 2020 at 14:25:30 pm

Then again, as to "policies" and the consequent deaths resulting therefrom, how about deaths that may result from certain *favored* policies of Leftist governors / officials.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-governor-orders-release-high-level-sex-offenders
Recall that one day after a convicted murder's release from jail, he committed another murder.
How many other assaults and rapes will be committed by these miscreants released from California state prisoners.
Yes - let ys release violent sex offenders while we criminalize visits to the beach.

Only DEMOCRATS can possibly perceive this to be in the public interest.
Recall also that Washington State Supreme court came within ONE VOTE of releasing the GREEN RIVER KILLER over concerns for the health of inmates due to the ChiComm Flu.

Give me a break!

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gabe
on May 05, 2020 at 19:50:40 pm

The author obviously tries to mislead from the main point which is: Blue state politicians are intentionally inflating the death rate by including people whose main cause of death was not covid-19. Simply another attempt by hard-core anti Trump elitists to obfuscate their own liberal policy failings.

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Howard
on May 06, 2020 at 13:49:53 pm

The virus doesn’t know any victim’s party affiliation, so why waste words talking about who died where?
In fairness to all governors, without a vaccine, the virus seems pretty much unmanageable.

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Dean
on May 06, 2020 at 18:11:03 pm

I don't agree with the government's response to the virus outbreak, but it's rather disingenuous to use the raw numbers the author uses. The data should be adjusted for population density, age, socioeconomic levels etc. Let's not act like the left, twisting data and words for our own ends.

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Jason
on May 17, 2020 at 01:09:38 am

Because red states are lagging in testing.
Red states population density is less. I think all the red states population combined (well excluding TX) is like the population of The east and west coasts. They are also high travel states...

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Jessica Lominac
on May 31, 2020 at 13:53:25 pm

This guy must have tenure to date to write an article like this

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