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At Least Something Was Good About Lockdowns!

Unleash Prosperity Hotline
Issue #326
1) At Least Something Was Good About Lockdowns!

Our friend Wendell Cox is one of the top demographers in the country and his new report in New Geography on traffic congestion is a good news, bad news story.

The good news. “Among 101 urban areas, the congestion level was 11% in 2020, a 62% drop from the 28% rate of 2019.” (A 28% score means the trip takes 28% longer than it would with no traffic.) This was the lowest congestion rate in at least 39 years.

The ten urban areas with the greatest congestion in 2019 saw a congestion reduction of almost 70%.

The bad news is there are cities like Seattle, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.. decimated by lockdowns, they have stores and businesses boarded up. An estimated one-third of these small firms will never come back.

Trend in the 10 Most Congested Urban Areas: 2019

2) Cuomo Underreports COVID Deaths By 11,000

New York’s official COVID dashboard admits to 43,000 deaths with COVID. The CDC reports 54,000 New Yorkers died with COVID listed on their death certificates.

“It’s a little strange,” said Bob Anderson, chief of the Mortality Statistics Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. “They’re providing us with the death certificate information so they have it. I don’t know why they wouldn’t use those numbers.”

Maybe Cuomo is lowballing the number for the same reason he understates nursing home deaths for so long – because he can.

You got to love this spin: The media says Cuomo was just being “conservative.”

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