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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. – Statistics & Facts

Published On : Thursday May 21 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. – Statistics & Facts

The coronavirus (COVID-19) disease continues to spread around the world, with over 5 million cases and 325,200 deaths as of May 20, 2020. In the United States, the number of infections has risen dramatically since the first week of March, and the U.S. now has more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country worldwide. All 50 states have been affected, but New York has the highest number of deaths and has reported more cases than any single country outside of the United States.

As of May 19, around 1.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Testing for the virus ran into some early problems when initial diagnostic kits from the CDC were found to be defective. However, the United States has since performed over 12.6 million tests, which is the most of any country. In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, many states encouraged self-isolation and working from home – In April it was estimated that over 90 percent of the U.S. population was under some kind of stay-at-home order. To further prevent the spread of the virus, most states have also closed bars and restaurants, canceled public events, and banned large gatherings.

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As the economic impact of quarantine becomes more apparent, there have been anti-lockdown rallies and protests in several states, including Texas, Minnesota, and California. The government’s response to the pandemic has also been criticized, with many pointing to contradictory statements from the White House regarding the severity of the outbreak. An ongoing Statista survey found that, as of May 19, only 42 percent of U.S. adults were satisfied with the government’s response to COVID-19, which ranked lower than Germany and the United Kingdom.

More than 93,500 people had died from COVID-19 in the United States as of May 20. The disease is far worse than many first thought: a survey from March 11 found that around 90 percent of U.S. adults believed that fewer than 10,000 Americans would die from the disease over the next year. On March 31, the White House’s coronavirus task force stated that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die. The elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to the illness, and the older U.S. adults get, the more they regard the coronavirus a major threat to their health.

The level of COVID-19 activity has differed from state to state, but New York has been hit the hardest, with around 350,121 positive cases as of May 17. New York also has the highest death rate from COVID-19, followed by New Jersey, and Connecticut. New York City alone has reported around 15,171 deaths from the disease.

As countries fight to flatten the coronavirus curve, some focus has shifted to the pandemic’s impact on the global economy. In the United States, around 88 percent of adults think COVID-19 is a major threat to the domestic economy, while 49 percent feel it is a threat to their personal financial situation. In response to the impact on the U.S. economy, the United States government has passed a two trillion U.S. dollar relief bill, which is the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. The pandemic has already affected many industries – from retail to sports – but its long-term impact on the domestic and global economies is difficult to predict, with repercussions expected to be felt around the world for many more months……Read More>>

Source:- statista

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