According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, Mississippi’s estimated population is 2,976,149. As of Wednesday, April 1, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports 1,073 confirmed cases of Coronavirus or COVID-19 in the state, which is equal to roughly 0.036% of the total population. Of the current cases, there have been 22 reported deaths across the state.
With this virus being new and unexpected, it is understandable to have uncertainties about its risk factors and effects on ourselves and the population at large. However, we have to remember to keep the bigger picture in mind when anxiousness starts to rise with every new reported case. We also must remember with more resources comes more reporting. There has been a recent rise in the number of confirmed cases per day, but there has also been an increase in the amount of testing available to the public.
This information is in no way meant to diminish the intricate feelings of those diagnosed or those who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is solely for purposes of providing an empirical perspective amidst the unknown surrounding this newly-evolving situation. You should still take the necessary precautions such as staying at home to keep yourself and others safe, but remember, there are resources available to you. In any case of contagious illness, it is important to understand the facts and keep yourself informed.