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STATISTICS WATCH FOR SUN. 4/12/20
Yesterday (4/11), confirmed COVID-19 cases to date globally grew to almost 1.8 million people, an increase of 108,879 persons). That means that the total again grew 7% in just one day (albeit down from 9% per day a week ago). The state of New York, a bellweather for the U.S., saw a decline in both cases and deaths. Canada had its worst day of deaths so far (but only by a slight margin).
For information on other countries than those shown below, visit Worldometers.info. For interactive bar charts that show trends over time (down to the city level in most countries, and even down to the county level in the U.S.), visit the STAT Covid-19 Tracker. For a look at which U.S. states have been most affected on a per-capita basis (using data through 4/9), scroll to bottom of this page.
"HOW CAN I HELP OTHERS?"
Getting stir-crazy? Genuinely concerned about other people? (Want to earn Good Place points?) Want to set a good example for your kids?
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.
- 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…)
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.
One of the best ways you can support the small businesses in your local community is to order a take-out or delivery meal from one of your favorite local restaurants.
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EXCLUSIVE: How U.S. states rank on a PER CAPITA basis (with trends) -- revised 4/10/20
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 Thursday, April 9th, the table below shows New York has the highest number of COVID-19 cases to date per million state residents (8.232, which is up from 6,724 three days earlier), and that the count of total cases grew 7% on April 6th. New York has also has seen the most deaths to date per million residents (360, which is up from 243 three days earlier), with that number having grown 13% on April 9th.
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 through 4/9/20; data source Worldometers.info/coronavirus.)
|Total cases/1M pop||April 9th increase||Total deaths/1M pop||April 9th increase|
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Priorities right now to slow the spread of COVID-19:
(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) — now including wearing cloth face masks (but save the “N95” medical-grade versions for health care workers!) when out in public.
(2) Major hotspots (e.g., NYC, New Orleans) urgently need more medical personnel, hospital rooms and beds, N95 face masks and other personal protection equipment (PPE), and, most importantly, ventilators.
(3) No one seems to be thinking about this, but 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.