Chicago’s COVID And Crime Mess Captured In On Graphic
A few days ago we highlighted a graphic that showed Chicagoans aged 20 and under are at far higher risk of dying from homicide than they are from COVID-19. We were making the case for why CPS schools should restart in-person teaching asap.
Reader @EWoodhouse7 recommended we look at a similar graphic that includes more age brackets. Kudos to her, because it’s an image that captures just how messed up the city of Chicago is these days.
For Chicagoans under the age of 40, death by homicide has been more likely than death by COVID, and in many cases, far more likely.
Here’s the breakdown based on data directly obtained from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office:*
If you are 19 or younger, you are 46 times more likely to die of homicide than COVID.
If you are between the ages of 20-24, 12 times more likely.
If you are between the ages of 25-29, nine times more likely.
If you are between the ages of 30-34, three times more likely.
If you are between the ages of 35-40, 1.2 times more likely.
Only once you get above the age of 40 do COVID deaths overtake homicides.
That, of course, is because homicides are dominated by the younger age groups, while COVID’s deadly impact kicks in at ages 50 and above.
*This simple calculation ignores neighborhood, race and other factors that would make the risks for a given demographic group more precise.
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Wed, 01/06/2021 – 17:30