New Study Reveals Which States Handled COVID-19 Best and Worst

A new study is out that gives grades to each state for how they handled COVID-19. The study revealed a stark contrast between liberal and conservative states.

The Committee To Unleash Prosperity compared state metrics based on economy, education and mortality from the virus. It examined how each state and their government responded to the pandemic.

"Shutting down their economies and schools was by far the biggest mistake governors and state officials made during COVID, particularly in blue states," Steve Moore, co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, said to Fox News Digital. "We hope the results of this study will persuade governors not to close schools and businesses the next time we have a new virus variant."

New York, California, New Jersey and Illinois were rated as "poorly on every measure," when it comes to handling the coronavirus.

These Democrat-ran "had high age-adjusted death rates; they had high unemployment and significant GDP losses, and they kept their schools shut down much longer than almost all other states," the report added.

Meanwhile, Republican-governed states like Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota and Florida received the highest scores in the study, first through sixth, respectively.

The study also found that there was no correlation between lockdowns, travel and dining restrictions and lower death totals.

"The study verifies other studies which have found that locking down businesses, stores, churches, schools, and restaurants had almost no impact on health outcomes across states," the report stated. "States with strict lockdowns had virtually no better performance in COVID death rates than states that remained mostly open for business."

The mainstream media spent the first two years of the pandemic praising liberal states for their lockdowns and ripping conservative states for reopening.