Religion may have helped prevent Americans from experiencing mental distress during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak but, according to new research, it also appears to be linked to undercutting efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

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Then, does that end up as a net positive or negative in stress?


So they performed way worse, but felt better about it. That tracks.


Religion: optimized for feeling good, not for doing good.


And I would guess that people that watched the Disney channel during the pandemic also felt happier.


This sounds like the manifestation of willful ignorance. Lower mental stress at the outbreak = “I don’t believe it, so I’m not worried.” Undercutting efforts to prevent spread = “Our dear leader told us not to wear masks, and not worry about spreading it, so I won’t” Willful ignorance is a dangerous and deadly disease.