Louisiana is the “least safe state” when it comes to COVID-19, according to a new WalletHub study.
The personal finance website compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics and ranked overall average scores. Louisiana was the last.
With a safety rating of 1 being the best by category, Louisiana was 50th in vaccination rate, 49th in death rate, 42nd in positive test rate, 46th in hospitalization rate, and 29th in transmission rate.
“As the United States continues its efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, staying safe is a top concern for Americans,” said the study’s authors. “Some states are already safer than others, however, depending on how well they have brought the pandemic under control and the quantity of vaccines.”
Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island topped the list, and Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana rounded out the bottom three.
The data used in the study comes from the US Census Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and COVID-19 Electronic Laboratory Reporting.
WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez warned the economy would suffer from the delay in vaccinations.
“Our economic recovery will only reach its full potential when the vast majority of people medically capable of getting vaccinated do so,” she said. “Although we have made a lot of progress with vaccination, recent polls have found that most people who are still not vaccinated do not plan to get vaccinated someday.”
Gonzalez added, âInvesting in campaigns to convince more people to get vaccinated can lead to greater economic returns down the line. “
Governor John Bel Edwards has spent much of the past year and a half on COVID-19 security, including the recent increase in the delta variant.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that taxpayer-funded vaccination incentives similar to Louisiana’s $ 2.3 million “Shot At a Million” campaign are not working.
âOur results suggest that state lotteries have limited value in increasing immunization,â said Allan J. Walkey, a doctor at Boston Medical Center and professor of medicine. “Therefore, resources spent on vaccine lotteries can be more successfully invested in programs that target the underlying reasons for vaccine reluctance and low vaccine uptake.”
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