With around 61% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but the omicron variant on the rise, WalletHub today 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.):
- 11th – Vaccination Rate
- 4th – Positive Testing Rate
- 5th – Hospitalization Rate
- 7th – Death Rate
- 12th – Transmission Rate
Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/safest-states-during-covid/86567
How will COVID safety surrounding the upcoming holidays impact the economy?
“The safer people feel during the winter holidays, the more they will spend on gatherings and associated seasonal travel. However, the spike in breakthrough COVID cases paired with the omicron variant might make people feel less safe,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Companies and individuals alike are starting to become more cautious again, which can impact the return to normality that the economy has gotten used to.”
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 Alabama, the state with the lowest death rate, one of the states that is vaccinating most?
“Despite having the lowest death rate in the nation in the past week, at less than one per million, Alabama ranks as the 6th lowest 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.”