Residents in the Lake area and across Missouri are not as “at risk” for catching COVID 19 as states like Florida are.

That according to a new study by wallethub.com

They say 75% of current patients in hospitals nationwide are at least 50 years old and around 90% have some pre-existing conditions.

Wallethub’s report shows that West Virginia had the highest concentration of vulnerable people while Utah had the lowest.

Missouri was close to the middle of the list, coming in at 19 out of 51, which includes the District of Columbia.

 

 

States with the Most Vulnerable Populations to COVID-19

Overall Rank State Total Score ‘Medical Vulnerability’ Rank ‘Housing Vulnerability’ Rank ‘Financial Vulnerability’ Rank
1 West Virginia 72.32 1 23 8
2 Louisiana 65.31 5 30 1
3 Mississippi 64.66 6 12 2
4 Arkansas 63.12 4 5 15
5 Alabama 62.94 3 20 9
6 Kentucky 61.37 2 26 16
7 Florida 60.50 8 13 3
8 Tennessee 58.10 7 22 5
9 South Carolina 55.82 9 16 11
10 Georgia 55.50 11 17 4
11 North Carolina 51.59 14 28 6
12 New Mexico 50.86 24 3 10
13 Oklahoma 50.82 15 18 14
14 Delaware 49.42 10 43 24
15 Texas 49.21 17 15 12
16 Indiana 48.18 12 49 13
17 Arizona 47.33 25 10 7
18 Nevada 47.11 18 11 26
19 Missouri 45.65 22 21 20
20 Michigan 45.44 13 47 31

 

With nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for coronavirus being at least 50 years old, and around 90 percent having pre-existing conditions, it’s important for states with larger vulnerable populations to have greater protective measures. Vulnerability isn’t just health-related, though, as many people are harmed by the economic effects of the pandemic. To show where the biggest concentrations of “at-risk” people live, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Most Vulnerable Populations to Coronavirus, as well as accompanying videos.

To identify which states have the highest concentration of vulnerable people, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key metrics in 3 overall categories: medical vulnerability, housing vulnerability and financial vulnerability. Our data set ranges from the share of the population aged 65 and older to the share of the homeless population that is unsheltered and the share of the entire population living in poverty. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

States with Least Vulnerable Populations
42. Wisconsin
43.Wyoming
44. Connecticut
45. Iowa
46. Montana
47. Vermont
48. Massachusetts
49. Minnesota
50. Colorado
51. Utah

 

Key Stats

  • Florida has the highest share of the population 65 years and older, 19.70 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Utah, the lowest at 10.50 percent.
  • California has the highest share of the homeless population that is unsheltered, 71.68 percent, which is 33.3 times higher than in North Dakota, the lowest at 2.15 percent.
  • Texas has the highest share of the population that is uninsured, 17.40 percent, which is 6.2 times higher than in Massachusetts, the lowest at 2.80 percent.
  • Wyoming has the highest share of households in poverty not receiving food stamps, 76.16 percent, which is 1.7 times higher than in Rhode Island, the lowest at 44.21 percent.
  • North Carolina has the lowest unemployment recipiency rate, 9.32 percent, which is 6.1 times lower than in New Jersey, the highest at 57.17 percent.
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