MEDIA PREFERS TO EMPHASIZE CASES INSTEAD OF NUMBER OF COVID-19 DEATHS

May 6, 2020 by

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“Media Prefers To Emphasize Cases Instead of Number of COVID-19 Deaths”

By Donna Garner

5.6.20

The news media, political pundits, and the gloom & doom crowd want to focus on the number of cases of COVID-19 – not on the number of people who recover (thank God) and particularly not on the number of deaths.  

Instead of looking at the oft-reported “Top 10 States Ranked by the Most COVID-19 Cases” (https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-in-us-state-by-state-breakdown),  I decided to look up the population of each of these ten states and to rank them by the percentage of COVID-19 deaths.

After all, if we want to know how really deadly COVID-19 is in a state, we need to know what percentage of the state’s population has died from the virus.  I believe this information would be helpful to know in judging the Draconian lockdown being carried out by governors in various states.  Because the percentage is a fractional number, it is difficult to picture the magnitude of the number.  For example the percentage for Florida is 0.0071 %.  A much clearer method is to show the number as “Deaths per 1 Million Population.”

For instance, look at Florida under Gov. Ron DeSantis with its sensible COVID-19 policies in which the population was not put “in prison” for six weeks yet has an extremely low percentage of COVID deaths.Florida has experienced only 71 deaths per million population.  

Next, look at California which also has a low percentage of deaths.California has experienced only 60 deaths per million population.  Yet Californians have been put “in prison” for six weeks with ongoing Draconian mandates by Gov. Gavin Newsom.  It is past time for Californians to be able to go back to work to save their families from total economic destruction.

Finally, look at Texas.  Texas is not even close to being in the Top Ten States for COVID-19 Deaths. Texas has experienced only 32 deaths per 1 million population.

Top Ten States for COVID-19 Deaths  (5.6.20)

(Ranked by COVID Deaths per 1 Million Population)

No.StateCOVIDDeathsStatePopulationCOVID DeathsPer 1 Million Population
  1New York25,124  19,491,339      1,289
  2New Jersey  8,244    8,936,574         923
  3Connecticut  2,633    3,563,077         739
  4Massachusetts  4,212    6,976,597         604
  5Louisiana  2,115    4,645,184         455
  6Michigan  4,183  10,020,472         417
  7Pennsylvania  3,277  12,813,969         256
  8Illinois  2,834  12,700,381         223
  9Florida  1,539  21,646,155           71
10California  2,388  39,747,267           60
     
    Other   
 Texas     925  29,087,070           32

Sources:

POPULATION BY STATE —   https://worldpopulationreview.com/states/

DEATHS – EACH STATE IN U.S. —  https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

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TOP 10 STATES WITH THE MOST COVID-19 CASES – LAST UPDATED ON 5.5.20https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-in-us-state-by-state-breakdown

[Fox News did not take the time to put the number of COVID-19 deaths and the population for each of their “Top Ten States with the Most COVID-19 Cases”; but using the sources listed above, I added that information.]

1. New York: 25,124 deaths – pop. 19,491,339

2. New Jersey: 8,244 deaths – pop. 8,936,574

3. Massachusetts: 4,212 deaths – pop. 6,976,597

4. Michigan: 4,183 deaths – pop. 10,045,029

5. Pennsylvania: 3,179 deaths – pop. 12,820,878

6. Illinois: 2,834 deaths – pop. 12,659,682

7. Connecticut: 2,633 deaths – pop. 3,563,077

8. California: 2,388 deaths – pop. 39,937,489

9. Louisiana: 2,115 deaths – pop. 4,645,184

10. Florida: 1,471 deaths – 21,992,985

*My state — TEXAS:  925 DEATHS – POP. 29,087,070

Source used for Fox News article: The Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE).

Last Updated May 5, 2020, 6:29:19 PM

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