KYW Medical Report: COVID-19 stats don’t lie

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now that certain parts of the country have higher vaccination rates than others, there is a greater chance to examine data — and the lessons learned are important.

Numbers tell the story about the path that COVID-19 is taking. For instance, we can compare states with high vaccination rates with those lagging behind — states like Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

A recent example is Missouri. Over a 10-day period, Missouri ranked worst in the country when it came to rates of hospitalizations and the number of deaths. During the first days of July, the state averaged more than 1,000 new cases per day — the highest in the country at the time.

But there is another critical statistic: Only about 40% of the population is fully vaccinated.

This is simple math, and the evidence supporting vaccination is clearer than ever: Fewer vaccinations in a geographical area are proportionally linked to the number of cases and deaths.

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