Florida Versus New York

By August 22, 2020 Commentary

I like these comparisons because people forget about something that happened earlier.  New York had a horrendous epidemic run, probably made worse by bad policies, but somehow Governor Cuomo parades himself around as some kind of coronavirus genius, while Florida, which had its surge just in the last couple of months, gets berated for not having a severe enough lockdown, etc.  This chart really tells you all you need to know. Thanks to Y. Weiss on Twitter.   I think Florida’s population might be a little older than New York’s as well.  While the level of cases looks similar, I think if New York had been testing in the manner and at the rate Florida has been, reported cases would have been much higher there, so the case fatality rate would look closer to Florida’s, but the per capita rate would still be horrendously worse, like two and a half times worse.  With those kind of outcomes, if I were Cuomo I wouldn’t be writing a book and I would keep my mouth shut.  There are some pretty funny title suggestions for his book floating around on Twitter.

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