Salt Lake County, Utah’s Division of Well being, which incorporates in it Utah’s capital, Salt Lake Metropolis, determined to report some fairly unscientific, albeit amusing, knowledge on Covid-19 vaccination charges. Maybe in honor of the latest fad accounting uncommon behaviors to Mercury being in retrograde, Salt Lake County’s Division of Well being dug in to some equally “legitimate” knowledge units: well being selections based mostly on zodiac indicators. This week’s Salt Lake Tribune reported that Leos (born between July 22 and August 21) had far and away the very best vaccination charges at 70%, whereas Scorpios (born between October 22 and November 21) had the bottom at 46%. This was based mostly on extracted de-identified birthday knowledge of vaccinated people within the county.
The Salt Lake Well being Twitter feed shared a tweet with some “stellar” knowledge:
Earlier than we dive in to the fluff, which, in line with county officers, this was, some background on Salt Lake County. With a inhabitants of 1.18 million, they’ve seen a complete of 191,898 coronavirus circumstances and 1,136 deaths because the starting of the pandemic. They proceed to see roughly 500 new circumstances day by day, and haven’t but turned the nook on the delta variant surge we started to expertise this previous summer time. Practically 680,000 county residents are absolutely vaccinated, or roughly 57% of the county’s inhabitants. That is barely greater than the overall inhabitants of the state of Utah, which clocks in at about 53% absolutely vaccinated people.
Now again to the fluff, which hopefully can be a welcome of levity to these affected by “Covid knowledge fatigue”, as described by the Salt Lake County officers. To start with, the authors acknowledge that there are fewer residents with birthdays falling inside the signal of Leo than these with Scorpion birthdays. Subsequently, we’d count on to see comparatively greater percentages in smaller inhabitants teams. This basically invalidates their statistics, however regardless of. We’ll blame it on Mercury’s retrograde shadow, because it’s all within the stars for them.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”, the creator demonstrated how delivery month (whereas not zodiac signal, an analogous mannequin) impacted probability of a younger hockey participant making it to the professionals. He used the concept the deadline to play hockey as a baby in Canada was January 1st. So gamers born in January-Could would have a soar begin on their friends born in September-December as a result of they’d enter hockey classes practically a 12 months older than their friends. Being six to 12 months older than their youthful teammates may make a world of distinction in childhood sports activities competitions. Certainly, looking years of Nationwide Hockey League (and European soccer, and United States baseball for the matter) gamers confirmed a preponderance of early-in-the-year birthdays. There has since been some widening variation on this principle, presumably attributable to an elevated curiosity in mother and father wishing to present their youngsters an additional 12 months earlier than hitting the ice (or turf).
In sum, whether or not it’s birthday, delivery 12 months, astrological signal, or section of the moon, little (however maybe some) worth needs to be positioned on these calendar-based demographic descriptors in relation to athletic prowess, future success, or healthcare selections. But when nothing else, it’s one other means of issues.
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