Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center released demographics and new tools today to show the impact COVID-19 has had across the United States, measured by age, race and ethnicity, as well as gender and location sex.
The 7,700 data points collected and processed each month in 55 US states and jurisdictions provide one of the most detailed demographics for cases, deaths, tests, and vaccinations. The new visualizations provide the opportunity to dissect how COVID-19 has hit various populations and see the disparate impact inflicted on minority populations.
- Hispanic and Latino residents make up 39% of California’s population, but account for more than half of all cases and almost half of all deaths in the state
- In Washington, DC, black residents make up 45% of the population but 76% of deaths from COVID-19
- COVID-19 cases across the country are evenly split between men and women, but women get vaccinated at a higher rate while men die more often
“We now have demographic data to help visualize the tragic consequences COVID-19 has inflicted on black and brown communities across the country since the state of the pandemic,” said Beth blauer, associate vice-president of public sector innovation at Johns Hopkins, and data manager at CRC. “These emerging data are critical in determining where to best target public health resources, more testing, better treatment, and expanded immunization and immunization education. “
The Coronavirus Resource Center’s data scientists team spent months designing and implementing a demographic data unification and standardization process to allow comparisons between states and jurisdictions with inconsistent collection and labeling methods.
Some states report “race and ethnicity” and “gender and sex” as combined categories while others report each separately. Some states do not report demographic details of deaths while others do not report the age, race and ethnicity of cases. And some states don’t provide any demographic details for test data while less than half report Hispanic or Latino for cases, deaths, or vaccines.
CRC is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data and expert advice. Experts aggregate and analyze the best available data on COVID-19, including cases, testing and contact tracing, and vaccines, to help the public, policymakers and healthcare professionals around the world respond to the pandemic.