Civics & Covid-19 updates as of 07/20/2021

Civics & Covid-19

The rights and responsibilities of all citizens were challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Civics & Covid-19 has explored how different political views impact the spread of Covid-19 because how you vote (or don't vote) affects your health.

This database contains daily statistics beginning April 12, 2020 for states, provinces, and cruise ships of the USA. Daily statistics for other countries begin May 29, 2020.

The Center for Disease Control tells us that showing trends over the past 21 days best reflects the incubation period and average time needed to shed the virus. Reports on this website show trends over the past 21 days.

Research questions

Covid-19 has been perceived and managed differently across the United States. We have provided data to support research for understanding which political policies best protect the health of USA citizens.

Research Results

Suppose the Covid-19 pandemic never happened. Here's a map showing colors that represent how citizens voted in the past four presidential elections. These colors are bright.

Blue - Voted for Democrat in all elections
Lightblue - Voted for Democrat in 3 of 4 elections
Purple - Voted Democrat twice and Republican twice
Lightred - Voted for Republican in 3 of 4 elections
Red - Voted for Republican in all elections

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic did happen. The following maps show darker colors where there were more cases of Covid-19.

The year 2020

The year ended with a map of dark, dangerous colors becuase Covid-19 was threatening the lives of citizens in the USA

Observations for 2020

Covid-19 statistics by USA political party

Covid-19 statistics per 100,000 people

The first 100 days of Biden presidency

Basing leadership decisions on science resulted in many citizens being vaccinated. The map colors are brighter and Covid-19 is becoming less threatening

First 100 days observations

Covid-19 statistics by USA political party

Covid-19 statistics per 100,000 people

President Biden's start date was January 20, 2021

181 days since inauguration

Technical Information

Step-by-step technical details

Comparing data
Per 100,000 is commonly used to compare data:
confirmed cases / population * 100,000 = confirmed cases per 100,000
deaths / population * 100,000 = deaths per 100,000

Ranking the number of cases or deaths
SciPy was used to compute least-squares linear regression and the slope was used to rank cases or deaths:
slope, intercept, r, p, std_err = stats.linregress(days, c)

days is a numpy array listing values from 1-21

c is a numpy array with the number of cases or deaths