The Statistics: Coronavirus infections & deaths in the U.S.

By Elena Knopp

The coronavirus outbreak has caused the whole world to be on standby.

NBC News reported on April 7, 2020 that more than 40,000 people have died in the U.S. due to the virus. The article stated that the U.S. has already surpassed all other countries in deaths due to the coronavirus.

The U.S. has varied widely in the amounts of deaths reported, with New York having the highest amount and Tennessee having the lowest reported on April 19, 2020.

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Notes: Data as of April 19, 2020. 
Sources: Night Ranger Via Kaggle.com 

With people continuing to become infected and more choosing to get tested, the COVID-19 death rate continues to grow daily.

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Notes: Data as of April 19, 2020. 
Sources: Night Ranger Via Kaggle.com 

The rise of infections and deaths reflect the population of each state. It seems that states with lower population rates are less effected by the virus, while largely populated states are effected more by the virus.

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Notes: Data as of April 19, 2020. 
Sources: Night Ranger Via Kaggle.com 

These numbers reveal that the virus is continuing to spread, and more citizens continue to become infected daily.

The coronavirus has effected just about every aspect of life. From the economy quickly failing to education being shut down, life has paused for everyone.

When the U.S. state data set was shared with local Lynchburg City Schools teacher Kendele Reamy, she was shocked at how quickly the numbers are growing.

With Reamy being an eighth grade english teacher at Dunbar Middle School, many of her students lack the resources needed to continue schooling online, and this quarantine has caused many roadblocks for her classroom.

“I’m afraid that coronavirus and quarantine are going to last longer than any of us anticipated. Public school systems are still unsure if we are going to return to school at a normal time in August at this point, so I have a feeling it will last for a good while still” said Reamy.

When VCU film major Luke Mancari was asked about the data set’s display of growing numbers, he expressed his concerns as a college student.

“Well I’m definitely hoping that this clears up by August being that I’ll be starting my senior year. Film is a collaborative job like many others but I just don’t see many other reasonable options, that don’t completely shortcut the experience I should be getting” said Mancari.

Nursing student Bailey Beech shared her thoughts being on the frontlines of this pandemic after seeing the datasets herself.

“To avoid a second wave, I truly believe that we won’t be fully back to ‘normal’ until at least the end of the year. It is so pertinent to make lifting the quarantine a slow process and monitor each step. We have to give the virus optimal time to show it’s effect as each step of quarantine is lifted” said Beech.

As we watch the numbers grow, we need to continue to be extremely cautious with how we live our day to day lives, practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible.