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These Updating Charts And Maps Show The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Impact Across The US And The World

Follow the latest data on COVID-19 in the US and globally.

Last updated on January 24, 2022, at 3:21 p.m. ET

Posted on July 9, 2020, at 5:24 p.m. ET


Since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, the disease has had devastating impacts across the globe. The charts and maps below will update to show the most recent data on cases, hospitalization, and deaths.

US


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This is what epidemiologists call an epidemic curve, showing the number of new cases per day. Because there are weekly patterns in the reporting of cases — with a lag in reporting data over the weekend — we have also plotted a line showing the seven-day rolling average of new cases to reveal the overall trend. The number of recorded cases also depends on the extent of testing for the virus, which has greatly expanded since the start of the pandemic.

The US has seen several surges in COVID-19, but in terms of case numbers, the massive rise in cases caused by the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant in early 2022 dominates the chart.

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This chart shows the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 each day. A huge surge came in fall and winter of 2020-21, when a wave of disease broke across the nation, starting in the Upper Midwest. Another significant surge began in the summer of 2021, caused by the Delta variant. By that time, the vaccine rollout was well underway, and most people who were sickened were not vaccinated.

The Omicron variant, which took hold in the US in the winter of 2021-22, sent the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 to record levels. Even though this variant generally causes milder disease than its predecessors, the sheer number of people being admitted with the virus was overwhelming for many hospitals.

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The chart of daily deaths shows that the winter surge of 2020-21 has been the deadliest so far. The initial peak was devastating the cities it hit hardest, including New York, Detroit, and New Orleans. The rise of the Delta variant in summer 2021 brought a new surge of deaths, which had not fully subsided before Omicron took over.

Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE

These maps show how hard each state has been hit in terms of cases and deaths, relative to their populations, since the start of the pandemic.

Latest Status By State

Use the charts below to view more detailed information. You can search for each state or territory, which are sorted in descending order by the cumulative number of cases or deaths, or the number of people currently in the hospital. The small line charts and percentage change bar charts are based on trends in seven-day rolling averages over the last 14 days.

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Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Department of Health and Human Services
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via New York Times / Johns Hopkins University CSSE

WORLD

Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE

Again, the rise of the Omicron variant dominates the global cases chart.

Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE

With surges in deaths from COVID-19 happening at different times in different countries, the global death toll has continued at a high rate throughout the pandemic.

Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE

These maps show how hard each nation has been hit in terms of cases and deaths, relative to population, since the start of the pandemic. Peru, which more than doubled its toll after a thorough review of death records published in May 2021, is the country with the highest rate of recorded COVID-19 deaths. Some countries, including Russia, seem from studies of excess mortality during the pandemic to be massively undercounting deaths from COVID-19. Across the globe, the true toll could be almost four times higher than official counts.

Latest Status By Country

The searchable charts below provide more detailed information on cases and deaths by country. Countries are sorted in descending order by the cumulative number of cases or deaths throughout the pandemic.

Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via Johns Hopkins University CSSE

Update:

This post has been updated with with new charts to provide more detailed information on the current status of the pandemic for individual US states and nations.