Democrats see their plastic bag–free world crumble before coronavirus
Excerpt: The real problem, though, was that the reusable bags that replaced plastic and paper were disease vectors — something that all the politicians banning them knew or should have known. San Francisco (of course) was the American city that led the way on plastic bag bans in 2007. Not long afterward, a study revealed that the bans increased by 50% the number of deaths from food-borne illnesses: Researchers in America found that a ban on plastic bags in San Francisco in 2007 may have increased deaths from food poisoning by over 50 per cent in a year. Economists at the University of Pennsylvania investigated deaths and emergency admissions to hospital from "intestinal infectious diseases" in the wake of a ban on bags. It concluded that, as a result of the ban, San Francisco saw between 5.4 and 15.8 additional fatalities in a year from illnesses caused by food bugs. "We find that both deaths and emergency room visits spiked as soon as the ban went into effect, Professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright concluded. "Relative to other counties, deaths in San Francisco increased by 50 to 100 per cent, and ER visits increased by a comparable amount."