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CDC, CT Data Show Locals Have Higher Risk From Flu Than Covid

Data released by the Connecticut Department of Health shows a dramatic drop in Covid deaths for our region over the past 3 months. State data shows for the period August through October the seven communities in mid-Fairfield County had a combined average death rate of 1 Covid death per month. Using national cause of death data from the CDC, this is 1.6 times less than the death rate for the flu and pneumonia combined.

While Covid cases had spiked in August, the death rate did not. In fact, deaths from Covid have fallen to zero per month for all of the seven communities of Bethel, Brookfield, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield.

Statewide, Covid deaths still lead annualized national flu and pneumonia rates by 23%, mostly due to continued deaths in several densely populated cities. The rate and risk however drops dramatically in our region.

This chart shows the Covid deaths per community for the past 4 months:

When compared with the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, Covid in our region is below every category. For example, a resident of our region is 5 times more likely to die from an accident than from Covid. The chart below shows the likelihood of dying from Covid in our communities in any given month versus each of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

This does not reflect case counts, which change due to a number of factors, including testing volume overall, testing suspected cases versus the general population, and concerns raised about wide variances the methodology used in processing test samples.

Similarly, examining death rate versus hospitalizations focuses solely on the final outcome of infections and not the infection rate itself.

Editor's Note:

Covid is an extremely dangerous disease with significant symptoms. This information should not be interpreted as a reason to ignore established safety protocols or overall risk of infection. We share this material in the hope that it adds some clarity to the overall discussion about Covid safe-guards and impact of decisions in each community regarding exposure and limitations on various activities in our schools, businesses and elsewhere. Readers should consult your community Health Department with specific questions or concerns.


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