Revisiting how Illinois is doing worse than Florida in the Covid-19 pandemic


This sticks in the claw of some of my readers--the ones who deny the facts. This comparison comes from The Federalist, "Why Is Big Media Hiding That Illinois Has Far More COVID Cases Than Florida? Because Illinois Has A Democrat In Charge And Tighter Lockdowns" by Jordan Davidson.

In it, she points to statistics compiled by COVID-19 Projections Using Machine Learning. She observes:

Months after outlets such as CNN, NPR, the Washington Post, and others continually targeted Florida for increasing coronavirus cases, the corporate media ignored Illinois, which recorded 15,415 cases in just one day. That’s more than Florida ever reported in a single day, yet Florida is singled out for negative news attention.

“This is despite Illinois’ population being 40% lower,” Youyang Gu, creator of a COVID-19 projection website reported.

She continues:

While Illinois continues to see climbing cases and deaths, outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, and CNN are choosing to hyperfocus on states with Republican leaders such as Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, who have chosen different COVID-19 mitigation techniques.

Instead of noting these significant trends in Illinois, CNN chose to publish another article on Florida, focusing on the fact that case numbers continue to rise after reopening even though daily new deaths in the state are down.

While Illinois enacted mask mandates, closed restaurants, and discouraged people from holiday travel and gatherings, Gu notes that the state is still experiencing an exceptional amount of cases and deaths per capita compared to states with much higher populations such as Florida, California, and Texas.

What's that about "following the science?"

That's not something that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is doing when he doubles down on keeping the useless restrictions in the state in place.

My previous posts comparing Florida and Illinois:


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  • It's almost like Dennis has been asleep for the past 6 months... You know what happens when it is warm, Dennis? That's right, people go outside. You know what happens when people are outside? That's right, they are less likely to infect each other with an airborne virus.

    I wonder what the weather is like in Florida now... Well, historically, November in Florida in one of the greatest months of anyplace anywhere. The sun shines, it doesn't rain, high temperatures are in the upper 70's to low 80's. Do you think people in Florida are going inside right now? Or are they staying outside to enjoy sunny, beautiful weather?

    And what is the weather like in Illinois in November? Hmmm... Dennis has been asleep for the past 6 months. Can someone tell him, what has been happening to the weather in Illinois for the past month? Can someone focus on Chicago, which is where most people in Illinois live? I wonder what people in Chicago are doing these days? Are they staying outside? Hmmmm....

  • In reply to BillDCat:

    And where do people in Illinois stay "inside" the most? Yes, their homes. Especially when many other venues, such as restaurants and bars --where evidence shows that spread is minimal-- are closed. Toss in sporting events and concerts closed as well. So the vaunted "science" seems to run counter to the fact that staying home will somehow keep you safe from the dreaded WuFlu.

    Oh, and what's real name?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Except that people haven't been staying home until the last couple weeks, have they. Restaurants have been open. Other venues have as well. You imply that you live in Illinois, but intentionally leave that out. Illinois hasn't been on lockdown since March. The city and suburbs just went back on lockdown a couple weeks ago.

  • In reply to BillDCat:

    You missed the point about the spread at restaurants and bars being minimal during the course of this entire Covid event, while it's been proven that the spread from people living in the same household is very high; so, by keeping more people locked in their homes, the spread will increase. Lockdown increase the infection rate. Not to mention that you cannot run or hide from a virus.

    As far as implying that I live in Illinois, I can assure you that I do, unfortunately.

    So, what is your real name?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Richard, why do you engage with these trolls? All they do is the Trump tactic of deny, belittle, and denigrate your facts and opinions and finish it off by calling you a name like scumbag. Let them have this board to themselves, they may get bored just going after Dennis.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    I don't think Bill is using the tactic you condemn, but it is interesting that you describe it as "the Trump tactic of deny, belittle, and denigrate."

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    Richard explicitly refused to use facts. He even pretended that Illinois has been under lockdown for some time. Read his comment. He tried to imply that Illinois recent surge happened while people were all at home, ignoring that restaurants/etc. had been open until just a couple weeks ago.

    What word would you use to describe that tactic?

  • In reply to BillDCat:

    That is not what I stated. Perhaps you can re-read my comment. Still mighty curious as to why you don't use your real name.

  • Look at any map showing the coronavirus infection rates and you will see it has been concentrated in the Midwest for the last few weeks. Illinois is better off than surrounding states. Red Indiana is doing much worse. But you will have your chance there in the Southeast. The new infection wave is headed in your direction. I wonder what fabrication you will come up with then.

  • "'What they've done is opened up everything as if nothing had ever happened there and you and I could be talking probably in eight to 10 weeks, and I will likely bet that Florida will be a house on fire.' Osterholm told CNN's Jake Tapper."

    Dennis, you should read your links. Let's see how Florida is in "eight to 10 weeks'.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I'm not looking for 100 percent agreement with links. Is it bad that you can read context and balance here?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    What word would you use to describe the tactic of presenting a link as though it makes one argument. Then, when people read it, it doesn't make that argument at all? Is that what you call "context and balance"?

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    The reason the current rate of coronavirus infection in Chicago is so high seems to be the same reason why the rate of gun violence in Chicago is so high: policies from neighboring red states which encourage harm to the people of Chicago.

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