Haven’t looked at this in awhile. Still seems strange to me that excess deaths were higher than COVID deaths in April, but in May there have been more reported COVID deaths than excess deaths. Makes me think maybe a lot of deaths reported in May really occurred in April? Did this virus run its course even faster than we previously thought? Even if you are a believer in lockdowns (I am not) wouldn’t that suggest we should have gotten back to normal life sooner?
Georgia slowly started getting back to life in late April whereas Michigan and Illinois (all 3 have similar populations & pop density) stayed locked down through most of May and continue to have a lot of restrictions. Doesn’t seem as though Georgia suffered any consequences from this policy:
Similar conclusions can be drawn when comparing Florida to New York:
A look at New Jersey: