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Who Died?

Vox has an interesting interactive infographic showing just who has died from Covid-19 in the US, broken down by age, race, and region (urban vs. rural).

We already understand that people of color are twice as likely to die from the pandemic than white people. But did you know that even though the elderly are more likely to die from Covid, that younger people are more likely to actually catch it (the speculation is that younger people are more careless about observing social distancing and mask rules).

In other news, a Nature survey of more than 100 immunologists, infectious-disease researchers and virologists found that nearly 90% “think that the coronavirus will become endemic — meaning that it will continue to circulate in pockets of the global population for years to come. It will be like the flu. It will pop up every year, and some people will die from it, but we will have better vaccines and treatments for it.

Meanwhile, now that they are out of power, the Republicans don’t seem to want to do anything to combat the pandemic. It’s almost like they want more people to die so the Democrats won’t be winners.

© Matt Wuerker


  1. William wrote:

    IK, you said “Meanwhile, now that they are out of power, the Republicans don’t seem to want to do anything to combat the pandemic.”

    The previous administration didn’t seem to want to do anything to combat the pandemic while they were in office, nor did many of the Republican governors. I’m not sure, but they may be working harder now than they were last year.

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:40 am | Permalink
  2. westomoon wrote:

    Thanks so much for highlighting the Vox piece! I’ve been paying attention, but it took the Vox graphics to make me really understand how non-white and non-Republican this disease looked for the first few months.

    “Conservatives” are the people who made government ignore AIDS for several years, because they thought it was God killing off the homosexuals they were so afraid of.

    Even if there were any vestigial competence left in the R Party, of course they did nothing but deny the reality of COVID — it must have looked like the answer to their prayers, God killing off the Democrats and the “mud people.”

    I spent most of my career trying to work out how to condense data into digestible summary forms — I’d say the people who put this together for Vox are the Michelangelos of data analysis. These graphics are superb.

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:50 pm | Permalink