Maybe I’m wrong and obviously Florida is not on the Mexico border but I find it hard to believe that it is a coincidence with Cal, Tex and Arizona all being border states. This thing has a seasonality to it. Mexico and Brazil were hit later on. The border counties in some of these states were hit hard lately.
Texas has fewer deaths than Maryland and had 23/24M more population. Texas never had a curve. That type of context is missing all the time. I read an article the other day that Houston hospitals were around 95% capacity this time last year. That type of context is missing from many of the stories. It’s all about fearmongering.
Here is one article about Florida. https://alachuachronicle.com/covid-test-positivity-is-not-a-meaningful-statistic-because-not-all-negatives-are-reported/
Not all of the tests were reported. I heard this about North Carolina and Georgia awhile ago.
I would believe there has been more testing in Wisconsin over the past month than months prior. They are catching more cases that way, sure. Doesn’t mean there isn’t an increase in cases. Again, Wisconsin isn’t as bad off as many other states right now, but to compare it to its neighbor Michigan, they’ve had 23% more cases over the past two weeks than them even though Michigan had 40k+ more cases going into that period.
I try to stay away from a lot of the commentary around this and focus on the reported numbers and look at trends that way.
As far as young people driving the increased cases, that makes a lot of sense when you look at expected behavior. But when I read that a quarter of hospitalizations in Arizona are people 44 and under, that is concerning.
I agree with you, this is extremely frustrating.