Thursday marked six months since the World Health Organization first declared a public health emergency over COVID-19. But despite the fast-rising death toll — now at more than 151,000 in the United States — there are many Americans who still claim the virus is not a great public health risk. After the death Thursday of Herman Cain, a former GOP presidential candidate and vocal supporter of President Trump who eschewed masks and previously tweeted that pandemic fears were overblown, will COVID-19 skeptics change their minds?

To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Washington Post Political Reporter Amber Phillips, and Joseph Uscinski, a political scientist at the University of Miami and editor of "Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them."