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Your morning briefing of news, data, opinion pieces, videos, and other resources to help you through the Covid-19 pandemic

Every morning, Coronavirus Watch gives you one single, well-organized page of links to the best journalism, analysis, and practical resources to help you navigate the current global crisis.  This site is updated every night by the curation team at AccuRadio.  If you find it valuable, we hope you’ll make a visit a key part of your morning routine! 

What you’ll find on this website:

Note that we have recently added a new analysis of Covid-19 cases and deaths per country on a population-adjusted basis at the very bottom of this page.

Statistics update

Yesterday (Thu. 4/15), documented Covid-19 cases to date globally surpassed over 2 million people, an increase of 98,936 persons; that means that the total to date again grew 4% yesterday. Both the U.S. overall and New York State in particular saw mild to moderate declines in both cases and deaths, but Canada saw a record number of new cases (1,727) and a huge leap in new deaths (to 185). In fact, Canada’s 18% one-day increase in total deaths was the highest of all major countries.

WorldU.S.CanadaU.K.NY state
CASES thru yesterday2,406,575764,63633,383114,218 247,215
New yesterday75,80429,0571,4565,5256,174
DEATHS thru yesterday165,03139,0141,47015,46418,298
New yesterday4,9841,867160888627

For a look at which U.S. states and which countries have been most affected on a per-capita basis (using data through 4/13), scroll to bottom of this page (or click the “Data by country and U.S. state” link above). (Data source:

STAT’s Covid-19 Tracker

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Reuters interactive U.S. map (by county)

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IHME projections

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Latest news and opinions

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Great recent journalism

Newspapers, magazines, and websites around the world are offering insightful writing about our current pandemic. Here are some pieces you might have missed that we think you’ll like.  (Updated daily)

Vector in Chief (NY Review of Books)

On July 4, 1775, just his second day serving as commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary forces, George Washington issued strict orders to...

Former Labradoodle breeder was tapped to lead U.S. pandemic task force (Reuters)

On January 21, the day the first U.S. case of coronavirus was reported, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human...

David Wallace-Wells: We are probably only one-tenth of the way through this pandemic (New York)

We are, finally, beginning to see some real plans from people with the power to enact them. On...

Can survivors of the coronavirus help rescue the economy? (The New Yorker)

There is an ever-expanding group of people who have been infected by the coronavirus but are no longer symptomatic, if they ever were—the convalescents....

Don’t fall for the false trade-offs of COVID-19 policy (Chicago Booth Review)

Policy makers don’t have to choose between public health and economic well-being. The American economy—like those of...

The coronavirus likely came from China’s wet markets. They’re reopening anyway (Vox)

Should wet markets be banned? It’s more complicated than it seems. The consensus among scientists who specialize in...
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Governor (and PM) briefings

Craving mature and responsible leadership from your government officials?  Here are some recent daily briefings from chief executives who are serious, educated, professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate.
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How you can help others

Here are some ways you could be of service to others during this shared time of crisis: 

  • Sew cloth face masks to donate to your friends and neighbors.Chicagoan at home with sewing machine, making face masks for family and neighbors
  • Track down N95 face masks and deliver them to local hospitals.
  • Check in with neighbors who are living alone — even if you don’t know them well! — to see how they’re doing and if they need any help.
  • Organize a Teddy Bear Hunt (click link for details) for local children. 
  • Call or write your elected representatives in Congress and urge them to speed up stimulus payments to the most-needy. 
  • Order a take-out or delivery meal from one of your favorite local restaurants to help them stay in business.
  • Buy a gift card, for future use, from one of your favorite local shops.
  • Teach a senior citizen or a person suffering from loneliness how to use video chat (e.g., FaceTime, Alexa, Zoom, or Skype video).
  • If you have an RV (recreational vehicle), lend it to a medical professional who fears sleeping at home because he or she might expose their family to the virus.
  • Donate blood. The need is high, and blood donation centers are open throughout the country, practicing safe distancing and sanitized donation practices.

Also, see some excellent suggestions (including non-profits that need donations) from The Washington Post here. Have other suggestions? Please share them here!  (Reader suggestions so far have included teaching the non-tech-savvy how to order groceries online and how to pay bills online…)

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We’re creating a dedicated page of this website for each of these communities:

  • Grade school students
  • College age
  • Seniors (65-79)
  • Elderly (80+)
  • Industry: Health care
  • Industry: Restaurant
  • Industry: Theater / Broadway
  • International students/visitors
  • Small business owner
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  • Pet owners
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Covid-19 homepages

Many of the world’s top newspaper, magazines, websites, and broadcasters have consolidated their coronavirus coverage on a single page of their website.  Visit any of those topic homepages by clicking on a logo above.

Collection of useful resources

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Today’s featured resources

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How 20 seconds of soap kills the coronavirus (Vox)

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End-of-life planning during the coronavirus pandemic, in 8 steps (Vox)

How to make crucial financial and health care decisions for you and your loved ones.

Where to order your favorite pantry staples online (Bon Appétit)

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COVID-19 symptoms chart (Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham)

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How to make an effective face mask at home (Business Insider)

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Ventilator vs. respirator, quarantine vs. isolation: COVID-19 pandemic terms, defined (Vox)

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Symptoms of COVID-19 vs. cold and flu

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Food safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide

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How U.S. states and countries rank on a per-capita basis

The following table shows U.S. states and territories ranked not by total cases (where states with large populations largely top the list), but rather by total cases per million residents, which we believe is a far more meaningful number. 

Using data through Monday, April 13th, the table below shows the state of New York has the highest number of Covid-19 cases to date per million state residents (9,973, which is up from 8,232 four days earlier), but that the count of total cases grew only 3% on April 13th.  New York has also has seen the most deaths to date per million residents (513, which is up from 360 four days earlier), with that number having grown 7% on April 13th. 

Note that California, while in the news regularly due to its large population, ranks well below the national average in both cases and deaths per million residents. (Data source

Population (in millions)StateTotal diagnosed CASES per 1M pop.Increase in cases yesterdayTotal DEATHS per 1M pop.Increase in deaths yesterday
19.6New York 12,286 3%9013%
8.9New Jersey 9,167 4%4586%
3.6Connecticut 4,900 4%3035%
4.7Louisiana 5,056 2%2724%
10.0Michigan 3,092 3%2324%
6.8Massachusetts 5,325 6%22811%
0.7District Of Columbia 3,895 8%1336%
1.1Rhode Island 4,250 8%13016%
12.8Illinois 2,274 6%9811%
12.8Pennsylvania 2,481 6%8615%
7.3Washington 1,618 6%864%
6.6Indiana 1,603 5%825%
6.0Maryland 2,050 6%779%
5.5Colorado 1,705 4%745%
0.9Delaware 2,673 9%7110%
10.3Georgia 1,733 2%661%
0.6Vermont 1,285 3%619%
2.9Nevada 1,241 3%526%
3.0Mississippi 1,330 5%519%
11.6Ohio 878 12%398%
5.8Wisconsin 727 4%373%
20.6Florida 1,238 3%363%
3.9Oklahoma 656 4%352%
4.4Kentucky 610 7%325%
8.4Virginia 957 8%3112%
6.1Missouri 906 4%301%
4.9Alabama 971 3%302%
2.9Kansas 615 5%302%
39.1California 785 5%2910%
1.3New Hampshire 999 4%283%
1.7Idaho 988 1%262%
6.9Arizona 679 5%255%
2.1New Mexico 859 5%254%
5.0South Carolina 857 4%243%
3.1Iowa 802 8%2416%
1.3Maine 635 2%2410%
6.6Tennessee 1,017 3%222%
5.5Minnesota 400 7%229%
10.2North Carolina 627 6%188%
4.1Oregon 452 3%183%
3.4Puerto Rico 330 5%183%
27.9Texas 670 5%177%
1.9Nebraska 676 13%1517%
3.0Arkansas 581 2%133%
0.8North Dakota 702 20%120%
0.7Alaska 425 2%120%
1.8West Virginia 451 6%1013%
1.0Montana 409 1%1025%
3.0Utah 962 4%89%
0.9South Dakota 1,784 9%80%
1.4Hawaii 404 4%60%
0.6Wyoming 725 2%30%
331USA TOTAL 2,232 4%1185%

How countries rank (detailed version)

This table of world countries is sorted in descending order of total Covid-19 cases identified to date (see the column under “CASES” labeled “Total cases”).  Note that while the U.S. ranks #1 in total cases, it only ranks #14 in terms of total cases per million population (see the adjacent column labeled “Total cases/1M pop”).  Similarly, the U.S. ranks #1 in total identified deaths to date, but it’s only #13 in terms of deaths per million population

Conclusion: It isn’t fair to say, as some have been saying, that the U.S. has “the world’s worst outbreak” of Covid-19 — at least not on a population-adjusted basis.

That said, there is cause for concern in that the U.S.’s percentage growth in deaths yesterday (see the column under “DEATHS” labeled “Total deaths/1M pop”) was 10% and Canada’s was 16% — higher than any of the other top countries in this ranker. (Math note: A consistent 10% means that a count will double every week; a consistent 15% means that a count will double every five days.)

Another math note:  Although the White House task force has been bragging about the number of U.S. tests that have been conducted to date, as a percentage of the population the U.S. ranks only in 35th place among countries, with only .9% of its population having been tested so far.

Data source:, using data through April 14th.

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POP RankPop (M)CountryCASES RankTotal casesCASES per 1M RankTotal cases per 1M popIncrease yesterdayDEATHS RankTotal deathsDEATHS per 1M RankTotal deaths per 1M popIncrease yesterdayTESTING Rank% of pop tested
3330.9USA 1613,886141,8555% 126,047137910% 350.90%
2551.3S. Korea2210,564632060%292225742%331.00%
3634.9Saudi Arab.345,369691549%497377212%550.40%
6210.8Dom. Rep.453,286583034%3018331173%880.10%