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Statistics update for Friday 4/3/20

As you can see in the table below, through yesterday (4/2), total identified COVID-19 cases to date globally have passed the one miliion mark: 

  World U.S.  Canada NYC
CASES thru 4/2  1,015,065    244,877     11,283    93,053
New on 4/2 79,869 29,874 1,552 9,152
Increase 9% 14% 16% 11%
DEATHS thru 4/2  53,167 6,070 173 2,538
New on 4/2        5,975        968            59         319
Increase 13% 19% 52% 14%

Data source:  

Math note: If there’s a consistent 26% growth rate, it means that statistic is doubling every three days.

For a breakout of the individual U.S. states and territories, scroll to the bottom of this page. For information on other countries, visit  


A New York doctor’s warning: ‘Listen to New York’ (The Atlantic)

China warned Italy. Italy warned us. We didn’t listen. Now the onus is on the rest of America to listen to New York.

Top priorities right now

(1) We all need to be doing rigorous social distancing to help flatten the curve (i.e., reduce the coming strain on our hospital systems).

(2) Numerous voices are now suggesting that the CDC gave us bad advice when they told us not to wear face masks — that in fact wearing cloth masks (not the hospital-grade masks, as those are needed by hospitals) is in fact a good idea.

(3) Major hotspots (e.g., NYC and New Orleans) urgently need more face masks, medical personnel, hospital rooms, and, most importantly, ventilators.

(4) We need to do what we can now to prevent this virus from spreading into poorer countries (in which social distancing in cities might be nearly impossible and hospitals are already under-resourced), where it could have a death toll in the tens of millions.



At Senate hearing, government experts paint bleak picture of the pandemic (NYT)

The downbeat assessment of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Dr. Robert R. Redfield contradicted President Trump’s growing insistence that the nation has put the coronavirus behind it. Two of the federal government’s top health officials painted a grim picture of the months ahead...


If you’re craving leadership that’s professional, compassionate, and science- and data-oriented (and doesn’t feel like a partisan campaign rally), you can look to leaders like Canada’s Justin Trudea,  New York’s Andrew Cuomo, and California’s Gavin Newsom.



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

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How to make it safe to get a haircut (Slate)

Face masks present a problem. This is the first installment of Reopenings, a series about how businesses are operating during the pandemic. In a few parts of the country, it...


Should schools reopen? Kids’ role in pandemic still a mystery (Science)

For families eager for schools to throw open their doors, the tale of a 9-year-old British boy who caught COVID-19 in the French Alps in January offers a glimmer of hope. The youngster, infected by a family friend, suffered only mild symptoms; he enjoyed ski lessons and...


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Leana S. Wen: Six flaws in the arguments for reopening (NYT)

Leana S. Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Previously, she served as Baltimore’s health commissioner. Most states are reopening to some degree this week, even as public-health experts warn that it’s too soon. Proponents of...
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It’s becoming more clear that this could become an even worse crisis in large cities in third-world nations, as social distancing may be virtually impossible and hospitals are already badly under-resourced.

On the bright side, some analysts are suggesting that the mortality rate of COVID-19 may be significantly lower than generally believed, as a huge percentage of cases (e.g., those with mild symptoms) are not being tested and therefore not included in the denominator.




Trump gets shredded for sticking his name on taxpayer-funded relief checks (Talking Points Memo)

In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump successfully got his name stamped onto the COVID-19 relief checks that many...

Trump responds to reports about his incompetence by flying into a self-pitying rage at press (Slate)

He even brought his own hastily made propaganda reel. Donald Trump’s daily...

Fact check: Trump falsely claims the president has ‘total’ authority over coronavirus restrictions (CNN)

Why Trump doesn't control when the U.S. closes or reopens. President Donald Trump falsely...

Coronavirus Watch EXCLUSIVE: How your state ranks in cases and deaths per capita

States and territories below are sorted in descending order of cases to date per million persons in their population.  Note that while California is in the news because of its large population (39 million people, more than 12% of the U.S. population), there are many states with a far higher incidence of cases and deaths on a population-adjusted basis. (Data through 4/1/20; source is (Math note: When “Cases” rise to 10,000 per 1M population, that will mean that 1% of the population has a tested and confirmed case of COVID-19.)

  Rank Cases per 1M pop   Rank Deaths per 1M pop
New York #1      4,313   #1 114
New Jersey #2      2,506   #3 40
Louisiana #3      1,382   #2 59
Massachusetts #4      1,113   #10 18
Connecticut #5         998   #7 24
Michigan #6         935   #4 34
Dist. of Columbia #7         830   #11 16
Washington #8         767   #5 33
Colorado #9         580   #13 14
Illinois #10         551   #15 11
Rhode Island #11         534   #17 9
Vermont #12         514   #6 26
Pennsylvania #13         469   #21 6
Guam #14         465   #9 18
Georgia #15         447   #12 15
Nevada #16         415   #18 8
Tennessee #17         393   #38 4
Indiana #18         381   #16 10
Delaware #19         378   #14 11
Idaho #20         377   #29 5
Florida #21         362   #30 5
Mississippi #22         361   #20 7
Maryland #23         328   #27 5
Utah #24         316   #48 2
New Hampshire #25         305   #43 3
US Virgin Islands #26         286   #54 0
Wisconsin #27         266   #33 4
Missouri #28         258   #44 3
Maine #29         256   #26 5
South Carolina #30         251   #28 5
California #31        248   #25 5
Wyoming #32         237   #55 0
Alabama #33         226   #22 6
Ohio #34         218   #24 6
Montana #35         203   #23 6
Arizona #36         194   #35 4
Arkansas #37         194   #41 3
North Dakota #38         186   #37 4
Hawaii #39         182   #53 1
Alaska #40         182   #34 4
Oklahoma #41         182   #19 8
Oregon #42         175   #31 5
Iowa #43         174   #46 3
Virginia #44         174   #36 4
New Mexico #45         173   #45 3
Kansas #46         165   #40 3
North Carolina #47         164   #51 1
Kentucky #48         152   #32 4
South Dakota #49         146   #47 2
Texas #50         140   #49 2
Minnesota #51         122   #42 3
Northern Mariana Islands #52         109   #8 18
Nebraska #53         109   #50 2
West Virginia #54         107   #52 1
Puerto Rico #55           90   #39 3

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