Who's the Neandethal? Why would any governor model his mask policy on states whose average number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents is double that of his own state? In the states with stringent mask mandates, the average number of COVID deaths per 100,000 residents is 308. In the states run with no mask mandates, the average death rate per 100,000 residents is 156. It would appear that what our new president refers to as “Neanderthal thinking” is good for public health.