Eighty-nine percent of American adults who have been diagnosed or hospitalized with the coronavirus, also have had some sort of a pre-existing medical condition, according to a recent survey conducted by the personal financial website, WalletHub.
The most recent report from WalletHub seeks to examine how states across the nation are caring for people who are at risk of contracting the coronavirus, both health-wise and financially.
To identify which of the states offer the most support during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, with its data set ranging from whether states will offer free vaccinations once a vaccine exists, to the share of households in poverty that received social assistance.
After conducting its national survey, WalletHub found these states to be the most supported during the virus outbreak:
• Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Maine, North Dakota, New Mexico, Vermont, Colorado, Kentucky and Minnesota.
The states with the least support during the pandemic include:
• Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Mississippi and North Carolina.
Michigan is ranked 21st in the survey, while Ohio sits at 35th and Indiana at 45th.
According to WalletHub’s findings, the coronavirus might be twice as contagious as originally thought and the risk of symptoms has proven to be more pronounced in some populations than others.
“It’s not just people with pre-existing conditions or the elderly who are vulnerable to COVID-19. Many Americans who aren’t at-risk physically are in a dangerous position financially,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst, in a recent news release. “Coronavirus has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, which means unemployment insurance and social assistance programs have become nearly as vital to fighting the pandemic as medical treatment. Now more than ever, proper nutrition and hygiene are essential to good overall health, which makes me especially worried about vulnerable populations such as the homeless, who are more likely than most to come in contact with the virus.”
Gonzales suggests individuals can assist their at-risk neighbors and family members in several ways, such as minimizing the amount of time they spend in public by going shopping for essential items in their place and dropping them off at the door.
“What a lot of people don’t consider is that any arrangements taken to support those at risk need to be long-term, since at-risk populations remain vulnerable until a vaccine is found,” said Gonzalez.