The Trump-Virus Clobbered Possum Hollar

Science discovers how the Trump-Virus spreads
(H/T: Twitter)

Gee, I wonder why?

“Non-COVID” Excess Death Rates Ran 21x Higher In Reddest Counties Than Bluest In 2021

The report is thick with statistics and charts, but early on is the simple explanation:

In some cases, the cause of death wasn’t COVID-19 itself, but something indirectly connected. For instance, if someone had a heart attack but couldn’t get to the hospital on time because all of the ambulances were filled with COVID patients, and so forth.

But this is the valuable nugget:

For the full year 2021, official COVID deaths ran more than three times higher in the reddest tenth of the U.S. than the bluest. This is something I’ve been tracking and writing about for nearly a year now, so while it’s pretty dramatic, it’s nothing new.

What is new is the “other” excess deaths in 2021: They ran a jaw-dropping twenty-one times higherin the reddest decile than the bluest…nearly 50 per 100K residents vs. only ~2.3 per 100K.

In raw numbers, the least-Trumpy counties (w/just under 33 million residents) reported fewer than 800“extra” deaths not officially attributed to COVID-19, while the most-Trumpy counties (w/just over 32 million residents) reported nearly 16,000.

Combined with the official COVID deaths, the excess death rate was over 3.6x higher in the reddest decile than the bluest.

It’s worth your time to peruse, and confirms a lot of what we’ve been guessing: Possum Hollar got clobbered, and when they took up space in the bigger cities, well, they contributed to the knock-on of excess deaths.

Thanks a lot, Republicans.

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6 Responses to The Trump-Virus Clobbered Possum Hollar

  1. And Possum Hollar ain’t that healthy a place to start with…

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    There’s another wave a-building. Still not sure if it’s a deadly as the last one, but infections are up 56% and Covid deaths are up 11% after having fallen off over the last couple of months. In the sane world, we have taken precautions, gotten our vaccines, masked up, and stayed away from the crowds. Even though people are truly social animals, we’ve chosen safety over social interactions. Not so much for the red state folks, who seem to believe Q-Anon over medical science, so I’m expecting to see a lot more of them being transported feet first to the morgues and cemeteries. Didn’t have to be that way, but here we are. On the brighter side, the quicker they die off the sooner we get control of Congress…

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  3. osirisopto says:

    That’s not even close to the 24% we needed.

    They need to stupid harder.

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  4. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Everything Trump touches dies, even MAGAs.

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  5. roket says:

    “Non-COVID” Excess Death Rates is also known as lying on death certificates. I will wager a gazillion quatloos that 100% of the excess deaths were COVID and/or COVID-related.

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    • No, they weren’t. Cases requiring Intensive care in places where the wards were full of COVID patients were pretty numerous…this was deeply exacerbated by the nature of ICU usage by type of event. During the Delta peak was a very very VERY bad time to have a heart attack, get in in a bad accident or get shot.

      The median ICU stay for non-COVID victims is on the order of 3-4 days. Even severely injured people rarely need such intensive care for long before they can be moved to another ward.

      COVID ICU stay was bwteen 7-21 days.

      THIS is why everyplace ‘ran out’ of ICU beds; not because we didn’t have too few, but because COVID patients were really different.

      But yeah, the redstate health records are lies. We know that in lots of Possumm Hollar coroners are absolutely unqualified for the jobs they do, and there was enormous pressure to suppress factual reporting of deaths.

      But in the end it’s going to come out; just count the death certificates..which the families need for life insurance, funerals, dealing with debts, health insurance, etc.

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