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Too bad there’s not an over/under for Covid-19 metrics. It would be a useful check against numbers coming from the President’s experts, the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, reporters, and others in the Chicken Little business (i.e., the bad news sells business)
If it bleeds, it’s the lede. Disaster headlines sold newspapers (when people read them). Now screaming talking heads sell panic on TV. It’s contagious. The precautionary principle becomes: assume the worst and follow the herd.
One small bright spot in the COVID-19 crisis is that some states, including Mississippi, are reducing some regulations temporarily to help with social distancing, which is designed to prevent the spread of the virus.
Mississippians now live and die in a healthcare system where the state Department of Health controls the supply of hospitals, clinics, diagnostic equipment, nursing homes and even home health providers.
We have the worst health statistics in the United States and also the highest level of poverty. These two factors combine to make healthcare for the individuals receiving Medicaid benefits in Mississippi very expensive.