COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Much Lower Than Anticipated | Beaufort County Now | Coronavirus hospitalizations have again been making headlines across North Carolina. As JLF’s Jon Sanders writes in his recent research brief | john locke foundation, coronavirus, covid-19, hospitalization, lower than anticipated, stay at home, june 22, 2020, cvd19

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Much Lower Than Anticipated

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Brenee Goforth for the John Locke Foundation.

    Coronavirus hospitalizations have again been making headlines across North Carolina. As JLF's Jon Sanders writes in his recent research brief:

  • Last week, as North Carolina set a now-eclipsed record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen told NPR that "we are concerned" and raised the possibility of ordering people "back to stay-at-home" again.

    However, the amount of hospitalizations we are seeing is far lower than anticipated, and even the best-case scenario expected by experts put us on track for an increase in June. Sanders writes:

  • Unless you are in possession of a memory, you forgot that the best-case scenario was that we'd have a small peak of hospitalizations not in April, not even in May, but in July.
  • In other words, an increase in hospitalizations in mid-June is a feature, not a flaw. What's changed?

    Sanders writes:

  • In short, while hospitalizations from COVID-19 are still increasing, they are nowhere even close to the levels we worried about in March...
  • The hospitalization numbers need to be given in context. They're far lower than we feared, and they're rising now because that was the desired outcome of flattening the curve.
  • By highlighting rising hospitalizations out of context, the Cooper administration is needlessly scaring people. Why?

    Read the full brief HERE. Learn what a flattened curve means for businesses in North Carolina HERE.


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