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 released Tuesday 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 three overall categories: medical vulnerability, housing vulnerability and financial vulnerability. The 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.
Here are the highlights from the report:
Coronavirus Vulnerability in Kentucky (1=Most, 25=Avg.):
- 26th – Share of Population Aged 65 & Older
- 2nd – Share of Population Diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- 27th – Share of Unsheltered Homeless Population
- 19th – Share of Homes Lacking Access to Basic Hygienic Facilities
- 15th – Unemployment Insurance Recipiency Rate
For the full report, please visit: