With around 59% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and vaccination being essential for getting the economy back on track, WalletHub released updated rankings for the Safest States During COVID-19, along with accompanying videos and audio files.
In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Our data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.
California’s Safety During Coronavirus (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 9th – Vaccination Rate
- 7th – Positive Testing Rate
- 13th – Hospitalization Rate
- 18th – Death Rate
- 13th – Transmission Rate
Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 22, 2021.
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How will COVID safety surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday impact the economy?
“The safer people feel during Thanksgiving, the more they will spend on Thanksgiving gatherings and associated travel. In general, we will likely see a lot of people participating in indoor activities unmasked, since the holiday is centered around eating,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “The good news is that the CDC’s guidance for Thanksgiving 2021 is more relaxed than it was last year, so that may encourage more people to celebrate and thus contribute more to the economy. We should expect grocery stores and restaurants to receive a much-needed revenue boost.”
The U.S. has lifted the travel ban for vaccinated international travelers. How might that impact safety and our economy?
“The lifting of the travel ban on vaccinated international travelers will have a very positive impact. Since the vaccines are effective, even against COVID-19 variants, the overall safety level in the U.S. should not decrease due to the influx of travelers. Plus, many of the countries that were banned already had some of the highest vaccination rates in the world,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Opening the U.S. to international travelers will do wonders for the economy, too. The tourism industry has been struggling during the pandemic, and we should see a spike in revenue, which will allow the industry to expand its hiring. European tourists will have an especially big impact, as they tend to be some of the highest spenders per capita.”
What impact do unvaccinated people have on the economy?
“Our economic recovery will not reach its full potential until the vast majority of people who are medically able to get vaccinated do so. The more people who decline to get vaccinated, the more risk there is to public health, especially as the new delta COVID-19 variant spreads. The safety level of the country impacts the economy because it is tied to the lifting of restrictions and it determines how confident people are to go out and spend money,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “While we have made a lot of progress with vaccination, recent polls have found that most people who are still unvaccinated do not plan to ever get the vaccine. Investing in campaigns to convince more people to get vaccinated may lead to bigger economic returns down the line.”
Is Florida, the state with the lowest death rate, one of the states that is vaccinating most?
“In addition to having the lowest death rate in the nation in the past week, at around one per million, Florida ranks as the 18th highest when it comes to the share of the population age 12 and over who have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Increasing the number of people vaccinated is essential for getting control of the pandemic.”