Editorial: Data shows the death toll from conservative politicization of the pandemic

With light apparently at the end of the coronavirus tunnel, this is a good time to soberly assess how America handled the pandemic and can better handle whatever new wave might come. A new study shows that what the nation should not do again is listen to anti-science extremists — including elected ones. The study charts a clear pattern of higher coronavirus death rates in Republican-controlled states where political leaders refused aggressive pandemic policies.