covid-19: Kentuckians Are Dying at 2X the Opioid Rate

How many cases of coronavirus does it take to get people to stay-at-home? In Kentucky, the answer is greater than 1 per 590. That is the current rate of infection in the state.

New reported cases of coronavirus in Kentucky New York Times May 16, 2020

After the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed a stay-at-home order by Kentucky’s Democratic governor Andy Beshear on Thursday, it took about 45 minutes for people to fill the bars with friends sitting side-by-side having drinks. Yesterday, there were 295 new cases in Kentucky. At a mortality of 3-4%, expect to see ten deaths of those new cases.

With that many new cases (observers predict higher), why do the courts and the Republican majority in the Kentucky Statehouse proceed anyway? Are these new cases but insignificant strangers? Do these faceless statistics bear no weight in Kentucky? Evidently, not enough.

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. New York Times May 16, 2020

If you move the cursor over this map, county by county, you see the number of cases per population. Around the major cities, the number of cases is highest, and the rate per population is between 43 (NY) and 590 (KY). If you move away from the cities to less dense counties, the numbers drop considerably.

Opioid addiction has plagued Kentucky for years. It is a huge problem and of growing concern, as it worsens. By way of comparison, there were 1,333 deaths due to drug overdose in Kentucky last year. In these previous two months, attribute 340 deaths to coronavirus. Unabated, at that rate, expect 2058 deaths in a year, almost TWICE the rate of opioids.

How does the legislature and the Kentucky Supreme Court explain that coronavirus does not warrant the same level of concern as opioids? Says a protester outside of the Statehouse, “It does concern us even more, but a ‘stay-at-home’ order is not the right way of going about it.”

Well, the rest of the world thinks that ‘stay-at-home’ is defensive strategy #1.

Published by Allen Lubow

Inventor, critical thinking.

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