It seems that something can be made from these figures. Why in this country does the death rate run from three states which less than a 1% death rate (South Dakota 0.42$, Wyoming 0.64%, Utah 0.87%) to four states with death rates greater than 5.78% (Minnesota 5.79%,New York 5.79%, Connecticut 6.72% and Michigan 7.71%). All the states are above or touched by the 40th parallel so are in the northern half of the United States.
Population rates are 50th, 45th and 35th for the lowest percentage; 4th, 8th, 21st, 30th , for the highest. So does it mean the states with the highest population will have the highest percentage of deaths. The top 3 states in population in the country are California with a 3.90%, Texas with a 2.54%, Florida with a 3.02% which are below the national average.
Shouldn’t there be some common denominator between these differences. If we can find out why some states are low and others are high then we may be on to something.
I then tried this. I went to a map that showed the red and blue states since 2000 through the 2012 election eliminating ones that were deemed neither one or the other consistently: eliminated were Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Florida. I was left with solid red or blue states. I first looked at the highest and lowest percentages set out in the seven states I mentioned. South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah are red states; Minnesota, New York, Connecticut and Michigan are blue states. That seems a drastic split. Is there something in the blue states that make them more susceptible to dying from Covid-19?
I had to then go further. I wanted to figure out if there was a difference in the average of the blue states and the red states. I tallied up the average of the ten states that were eliminated. It came to a death rate of 3.48%. I then totaled up the 22 red states and came out with an average of 2.94% which is about a ½% point less than the eliminated group. I then did the percentage rate of deaths in the blue states and that came out to: 4.52% which is a point and a half above the red states.
The strange thing about all this is the red states have been most lax in promoting people to stay at home. In fact. In South Dakota with the lowest death rate percentage the governor refuses to ask people to stay home despite requests of the mayor of the city that has about 1,000 cases. The other states with no stay at home orders are red states and the states now relaxing their stay at home orders are red states.
Why haven’t we heard of any investigations of these stark differences? Is sit the “stay at home” orders responsible for an increase in Covid-19 deaths? That would seem to be the case at first blush. Not being an epidemiologist I do not have the ability to explain these differences. I would think that the solution to this pandemic may lie in determining why these great discrepancies.
Of course, I’m assuming the discrepancies arise because all states are on the level in reporting coronavirus deaths and that some are not hiding them. If some are, obviously they would be the states with the lowest rates, the red states. Is that going on? Then that too should be investigated.
I’ve yet to see anyone addressing this problem. If you know someone with the capability to do so I would request you to forward my inquiries to him or her so that we can come to the bottom of this. The solution to the pandemic may lie in determining why this discrepancy exists.