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50 charts showing the scale of COVID-19

  • 50 charts showing the scale of COVID-19

    Over 44 million people have contracted the novel coronavirus as of Oct. 28, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. About 1.2 million have died.

    As this pandemic rages across the globe and irrevocably changes more and more lives, its impact becomes increasingly difficult to visualize: 1.2 million deaths—that’s about half the population of Houston, Texas. That’s 11 million people left in mourning, according to Kaiser Health News—greater than the populations of New York City and Chicago combined. Still, even making these abstract comparisons minimizes the importance of each life lost, each person left disabled by long-term COVID-19 complications, and each person who lost work or income during the pandemic.

    Stacker compiled 50 charts that attempt to capture the scope of lives impacted by COVID-19. Some charts visualize global impacts, but most focus on the U.S. Sources include the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tableau Public’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Viz Gallery, and custom charts made by Stacker specifically for this story.

    Read on to see how COVID-19 has impacted different nations, industries, and communities.

    Editor's note: Betsy Ladyzhets, a research associate at Stacker who worked on this story, volunteers for the COVID-19 Tracking Project.

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  • Current global COVID-19 cases

    - Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

    As of Oct. 28, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reports 44.4 million COVID-19 cases and 1.2 million deaths worldwide. Johns Hopkins' data are collected from a variety of government sources at national and regional levels.

  • Tracking COVID-19 worldwide

    - Source: Sarah Burnett via Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

    The U.S. has contributed the most to the global case count out of all nations, with 8.8 million cases as of Oct. 28. India, Brazil, and Russia are the next three biggest contributors.

  • Global cases per million people

    - Source: Our World in Data

    While the East Asian countries that saw COVID-19 spikes in the winter have largely controlled their outbreaks, the U.S. and many European countries are now seeing fall spikes. The European Union reported 340 new COVID-19 cases per million people on Oct. 27.

  • Global case fatality rate

    - Source: Our World in Data

    The case fatality rate measures the share of people diagnosed with COVID-19 who die due to the disease. This rate has fallen in many countries as health care systems learn how to treat COVID-19.

  • Impact in China

    - Source: Our World in Data

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, originated in China. The nation saw its first case in November 2019 and the peak of its outbreak in February 2020.

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  • Impact in Italy

    - Source: Filippo Mastroianni

    Italy made headlines in February and March when hospitals filled and the country entered intense lockdowns. Cases are surging again in the nation this fall.

  • US cases by day

    - Source: The COVID Tracking Project at the Atlantic

    The U.S. has seen three major surges of COVID-19 cases so far: the Northeast in the spring, the South and West in the summer, and now the Midwest in the fall (along with smaller surges in other regions). The nation hit a record 83,000 reported cases in one day on Oct. 23.

  • US hospitalizations by day

    - Source: The COVID Tracking Project at the Atlantic

    COVID-19 hospitalizations are closely tracked by many public health experts as an indicator of how well-equipped local health care systems are to respond to new patients. The COVID Tracking Project collects these values from state public health departments.

  • US deaths by day

    - Source: The COVID Tracking Project at the Atlantic

    Unlike other nations that have flattened their COVID-19 curves, the U.S. is still seeing new cases and deaths every day. Between 700 and 1,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 every day since mid-July.

  • Regional cases

    - Source: The COVID Tracking Project at the Atlantic

    Segmenting America's cases by region makes it possible to compare outbreaks in different areas. The fall outbreak in the Midwest recently passed both the winter outbreak in the Northeast and the summer outbreak in the South, when cases are adjusted by population.

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