MaverickM11 wrote:Aesma wrote:So what did Florida and Texas do that NY didn't do to manage COVID better ? NY was hit very hard, it has nothing to do with the political response. In Florida and Texas they did as little as they could get away with.
TX/FL didn't do anything to manage COVID better--they just had months of additional time after NY's massive death spike for people to learn--or not--and to get the message out, and much lower population density. But then Kristi Noem in SD proved that you can still kill a #$&@ ton of people at NY rates if you're incompetent enough, even with a population density that is heavy on tumbleweeds.
This is the point that irks me, how so many miss it. In my state we were talking covid in late January. I have friends in other states who really didn’t think much of it until early spring.
Having someone go ahead of you was enormously helpful to the other states, or at least should have been. Maybe in the end we’ll find that the lockdowns weren’t enormously helpful, but there weren’t many options for the first states to get it. The spread was genuinely out of control, and PPE production wasn’t there yet. My state in particular hit the news because the owner of the football team had to fly his own aircraft to China to get equipment, and it was then distributed across state lines under police escort because the Feds kept requisitioning all our orders.
At one point in late March we had one of the highest growth rates in the country, while Florida had one of the lowest. Their PPE orders were 100% fulfilled. Ours weren’t even at 20% and no prize for guessing what state our orders went to...same state that now has the nerve to go “HA! look at how much better we did than you!”
More relevant to the covid 20 year thread, but I’ll tell ya...biggest impact of covid on me is that I feel stronger allegiance to my state and region than to the country. We didn’t vote Trump and clearly weren’t going to, and as a result our own president didn’t care if we lived or died, then had the nerve to blame it on us.