'National Pandemic' Varies a Lot Right Now, Depending on Region

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Men in protective gear arrive to disinfect a construction site on 42nd St., Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. “Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job,” Cuomo said of an executive order he will sign Friday. Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Alec MacGillis writes for Pro Publica. He used to write for the New Republic, the Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun.

Washington Examiner’s Byron York pointed to some interesting points from MacGillis about the nature of the “national pandemic” which we are facing.

Now while those numbers are old and have changed, the point he’s trying to make about the regional differences are valid and important to note: that the national pandemic isn’t the same across the country.


There’s no doubting that there is that disparity at this point, although that may change. New York and Washington for example may have gotten cases earlier. But at this point his basic point is true. The top four states are New York, New Jersey, California and Michigan.

Now while some on the left are arguing that this is because “they aren’t testing,” first of all, that isn’t true but second you still have the basic measures of the hospitalizations and deaths. Even if you weren’t testing that doesn’t stop people from going to the hospital or dying. So it may mean that “stay at home” orders came fast enough to help those areas and/or they are not as affected by infected transmittal/population density/public transportation/public events as perhaps New York City was. This may explain for example things like Texas, which has 6359 cases and 111 deaths, while New York is at 114,775 cases and 3565 deaths. You can check out more at Worldometers and Covid Tracking also covers numbers as to state breakdowns and hospitalizations.


So we’ll have to see how it develops, if the rest of the country was able to head it off the huge impact those states at the top of the list are currently feeling. But it may be that the various regional differences, social distancing and stay at home guidelines may have benefited areas like Texas and others even further down the list in terms of cases and deaths.


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