23 March 2024
Covid19 deaths per capita, 23 Mar 2024

In Europe, Italy and Spain dominate the headlines. With a health system under pressure, Italy’s death toll hit 6,077 on today.

News reports focus on absolute numbers, which puts China (81,397) in first place, followed by Italy (59,138) and the U.S. (32,640). But transform data to per capita data and a dramatically different picture emerges.

Covid19 deaths per capita, 23 Mar 2024 Covid19 cases per capita, 23 Mar 2024

What happens if we take the same approach with US data?

  • New York mirrors Italy in cases, 1,073.1/million, with 8.1 deaths/million
  • New Jersey is a distant second, but it did lag on testing: 320.2 cases/million with a death rate of 3.0/million
  • Washington is third with 291.7 cases/million but has the highest death rate at 14.4/million


Updates on the cruise ship cases

Today the CDC released analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks on the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess. On the Diamond Princess 712 of 3,711 people (19.2%) were infected by COVID-19. Half (46.5%) of those who tested positive were asymptomatic. On the Grand Princess, 78 cases were link to two separate voyages.

SARS-CoV-2 RNA was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted.

As of March 17, at least 25 cruise ships had confirmed COVID-19 cases either during or after the cruise.

Turning to misinformation from the White House

In February, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlo said on CNBC that the U.S. had the SARS-CoV-2 virus “contained” after implemented Trump travel restrictions out of China. Today, less than a month later, Kudlo said, “I’ve changed my view.” The World Health Organization classified the coronavirus as a pandemic on March 11.

In a press conference last week, President Trump promoted chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as potential treatments for COVID-19. Over the weekend, he asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an all caps tweet to “move fast” to approve hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a potential treatment.

We learned today that someone died this weekend after believing that misinformation.


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