The United States is currently in the beginning stages of grappling with a global pandemic due to the Coronavirus. Unlike many other countries, the national government has not elected to issue a stay-in-place order to ensure proper social distancing and stymie the impact this virus will have throughout the country. Rather, they are leaving it to the states.
States are pursuing different strategies, so I am going to be tracking and analyzing those strategies and seeing what impact they have had on the growth rates of infections. I have created a Coronavirus infection rate by state standardized by population- so expressed on a per capita basis. I will be updating the visuals.
One visual excludes NY because their trajectory has been rising so rapidly it visually skews the others to have them on the same graph even with it standardized by population. Density will matter a lot in the spread of this disease, as will the timing and type of policies that are enacted.
The data for this run from March 6th through March 24th and come from the following source: https://covidtracking.com/api/.
I certainly hope that states take this seriously as other countries are showing us the devastating effects by not instituting restrictive measures.
I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). I completed my Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.