With nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus being at least 50 years old, and around 90 percent having pre-existing conditions, it’s important for states with larger vulnerable populations to have greater protective measures. Vulnerability isn’t just health-related, though, as many people are harmed by the economic effects of the pandemic. To show where the biggest concentrations of “at-risk” people live, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Most Vulnerable Populations to Coronavirus.

To identify which states have the highest concentration of vulnerable populations, WalletHub compared the a variety of factors across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These factors were sorted into three mane categories that impact each states risk levels: medical vulnerability, housing vulnerability and financial vulnerability. Some elements that were considered were the amount of people aged 65 and older, the share of the homeless population that don't have access to shelters and the amount of people living in poverty. Below, you can see highlights from the report.

Coronavirus Vulnerability in Colorado (1=Most, 25=Avg.):

  • 46th – Share of Population Aged 65 & Older
  • 48th – Share of Population Diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • 23rd – Share of Unsheltered Homeless Population
  • 32nd – Share of Homes Lacking Access to Basic Hygienic Facilities
  • 20th – Unemployment Insurance Recipiency Rate
Source: WalletHub

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