What Do You Think About the Reported Rates of COVID-19?

April 20, 2020

As of April 20, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control counted more than 300 cases of COVID-19 per million people worldwide, according to Our World in Data, or about 0.03% of the world population.

In the United States, nearly 2300 people per million have been infected, about 0.2% of the population nationwide, but the proportion of people who have had COVID-19 varies by state. 

Cumulative COVID-19 cases range from less than 45 infected people per 100,000 in Alaska (less than half a percent of the population) to nearly 1220 per 100,000 in New York (about 1.2% of the state population), according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

But the confirmed case count depends on the availability — and the reliability — of diagnostic and antibody testing, which can't be taken for granted.

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