Why Florida is the only state where more people are dying from COVID?

Why Florida is the only state where more people are dying from COVID?

A few months ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared the laissez-faire approach to COVID-19 a "tremendous success." Politico proclaimed that it had "victory over the epidemic."

But then came the highly contagious Delta species, which continues to strike Florida more than any state in the country.

When COVID first surged through the Sun Belt last summer, the average number of Florida residents dying from the disease every 24 hours peaked at 185, according to the New York Times state's COVID database. The same was true during the winter.

That makes DeSantis the first (and so far only) governor in the United States whose state is now recording more COVID-19 deaths every day — long after free, safe, and effective vaccines were widely available to all Americans age 12 and older — more than Ever the previous wave of the virus.

"Vaccines prevent deaths in many other countries that have seen a post-vaccine spike in cases, and most other states in the US as well. Florida is different," Dr. Vincent Rajkumar, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, recently explained on Twitter. "The different thing in Florida is that, relative to the vaccination rate (about 50%), relaxation in distancing and concealment has been disproportionately high. Leaders have expressed disdain for masks and mask mandates. The total number of unvaccinated people is high. Hospitals are becoming overcrowded."

 There are many factors like introducing a new, more deceptive variable such as Delta; the weather; The old bad luck is clearly - that people and policymakers have little control over. Any announcement of victory (or failure) during such an unexpected pandemic is likely to be premature. California could suffer more this winter.

But by looking at how California and Florida fared this summer and post-vaccination versus what happened last summer, pre-vaccination -- an approach that reduces seasonal variables like weather and indoor gatherings -- you can get a rough sense of what's or isn't. does not work.

Last summer, the coronavirus spread to Florida and California, just as it has to most southern and southwestern United States. California did better. Daily new cases peaked at 25 per 100,000 residents; The total number of hospitalizations peaked at 23 per 100,000 residents; New daily deaths peaked at 0.35 per 100,000 population.

In California, the current average daily case is somewhat higher (35 cases/100,000) than during the peak of summer 2020 — partly because California is conducting twice as many tests per day (about 250,000). But despite this, and even though Delta is twice as transmissible as the initial SARS-CoV-2 strain circulating in 2020, deaths, the most critical measure, are still poor (0.17/100,000).

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