Becker's Healthcare March 23, 2023
Ashleigh Hollowell

Cumulative death rates from COVID-19 varied tremendously across the U.S., a comprehensive state-by-state analysis revealed. Income, race, political affiliation and trust were key factors driving state performance in both infection rates and mortality.

“We found that states with higher rates of poverty, lower educational attainment and lower rates of interpersonal trust — which is the trust that we place in one another — were all states that exhibited higher death rates and higher infection rates,” Emma Castro, PhD, a researcher at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and co-author of the study said in a video statement shared with Becker’s.

The study, published in The Lancet, is said to be the “first time researchers have comprehensively examined the driving...

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