COVID-19 has made its way into every state in the U.S. but research shows some are more vulnerable than others.

According to a study done by, they measured 20 different categories with the information attained from the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Hospital Association, the Census Bureau, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid and others.

Using that info, they were able to rank all 50 states on an "Overall Vulnerability Score."

It is important to note: no matter where your state ranks, we all have an obligation to heed the advice of local and federal health officials and take this pandemic seriously.

West Virginia ranked as the most vulnerable in the US, while Utah was named least vulnerable.

Illinois ranked 34th on the list, with a vulnerability score of 40.9. Comparatively, West Virginia received a 74.1 and Utah a 17.2.

Wisconsin did a bit better than Illinois coming at 40 on the list with a score of 38.3.

If you're wondering how they came up with that score, weighed High-Risk Population, Emergency Preparedness, and Social & Physical Environment for each state.

Some states did better than others but that doesn't mean Illinois or Wisconsin residents should immediately leave their homes.

Social distancing and self-quarantining will slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Long story short, stay home.

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