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NC threat-free index as of Oct. 19

For those disinclined to be ruled by fear and unwilling to join in glaring at their fellow citizens suspiciously as if they are germ-ridden disease vectors, especially if they look hale and fit, here’s the weekly update on how virus-free your fellow North Carolinians are:

  • There are now 218,541 North Carolinians presumed to be recovered from COVID-19
  • Only one-tenth of NC’s total case count constantly trumpeted by the Cooper administration and media are active cases (note: a case of COVID isn’t a permanent infection, and only someone with an active case of the virus can conceivably transmit it to you)
  • Active cases represent just over 0.2% (two-tenths of one percent) of NC’s population
  • Nearly nine out of every ten (88.4%) of NC’s total cases are recovered, meaning they are no longer infectious
  • Only 0.04% of people in NC have died with COVID-19 (regardless of actual cause of death)
  • Over 97.6% of people in NC have never had a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 (note: this proportion will always decline, but we have been living with this virus since February, as far as testing is concerned)
  • All considered, over 99.7% of people in NC pose no threat to anyone of passing along a virus most have never had or the rest have recovered from (note: this proportion will fluctuate based on the relative growth in lab-confirmed cases vs. recoveries)

Jon Sanders / Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...