These states have mastered social distancing: Nevada, Vermont and Hawaii are best at following lockdown rules while South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina are the worst, new ‘social distancing scoreboard’ reveals
- Nevada was ranked best at social distancing with a B+ grade
- North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma were among the worst with D-
- South Carolina appeared at the bottom of the list of states
- The United States as a whole scored C- in the data that looked at distance traveled, non-essential visitations, and the density of human encounters
Nevada has been ranked the top state for following social distancing guidelines while Louisiana, Oklahoma and North Carolina are among the worst, according to a new scoreboard.
States were graded A to F on distance traveled (average mobility), non-essential visitations, and the density of human encounters, before being given an average social distancing score.
Unacast, which measures real-world data, looked at behaviors from the past two months (February 24 to April 26) and compared it to the national baseline in order to determine whether shutdown rules made much of a difference in parts of the country.
Nevada was ranked best at social distancing in the United States with a B+ grade
Healthcare workers protest what they say are unsafe working conditions and demand OSHA to intervene outside of MountainView hospital Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Las Vegas
South Carolina was deemed the worst with an F grade. Sun bathers and walkers visit the 2nd Avenue Pier area of Myrtle Beach on Wednesday
In order to achieve As in distance traveled and non-essential travel, states had to see a 70 per cent decrease but getting the top grade for human encounters required a reduction of at least a 94 percent.
Nevada earned a B+ grade, Vermont and Washington tied for second place with B- grades, and Hawaii, Pennsylvania and New York rounded out the top five with C+.
New York is the worst affected state with over 311,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 23, 796 deaths as of Thursday night.
While the distance traveled dropped somewhere between 50 percent and 77 percent, and non-essential visits reduced by more than 70 percent, people were only able to reduced encounters by less than 40 percent.
|10 BEST||10 WORST|
New York (C+)
New Jersey (C+)
North Dakota (C)
New Mexico (C)
|South Carolina (F)
North Carolina (D-)
Prototype clear acrylic safety shield dividers made by Las Vegas-based Screaming Images are tested at a blackjack table at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino on Wednesday
Nevada by comparison had over 5,000 cases and 243 deaths. Las Vegas Mayor recently said she wants to see people back in casinos despite the guidelines put in place to protect Americans.
South Carolina was deemed the worst with an F grade.
Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Mississippi were also disappointing with a D- grade.
Many of the states – such as Missouri, South Carolina and North Carolina, have seen protests recently as Americans demand for the lockdowns to be lifted, claiming it’s a breach of their human rights.
Georgia has already begun to reopen businesses.
The United States as a whole scored C-. Looking at data for April 12 there was a 40-55 percent reduction in mobility, a 50-60 percent drop in non-essential visits, and 70-82 decrease in human encounters.
Protesters from a grassroots organization called REOPEN NC gather for pressure North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to reopen the State in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday
Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Mississippi (pictured on Thursday) were also disappointing with a D- grade
CDC: WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?
Also called ‘physical distancing,’ according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) it means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.
It’s recommended as COVID-19 cases can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.
To practice social or physical distancing, the CDC recommends the following:
- Avoid large and small gatherings in private places and public spaces
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people even when you wear a face covering
- Avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis
- Use mail-order for medications
- Use grocery delivery service
- Work from home
- Use digital/distance learning