Civics & Covid-19 updates as of 09/21/2022

Civics & Covid-19

How you vote (or don't vote) affects your health. The rights and responsibilities of all citizens have been challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Civics & Covid-19 project curates data that is used to explore how different political views impact the spread of Covid-19.

Daily statistics have been computed since April 12, 2020 for states, provinces, and cruise ships in the USA. Daily statistics for other countries have been computed since May 29, 2020.

The Center for Disease Control tells us that showing trends over the past 28 days best reflects the incubation period and average time needed to shed the virus. Reports on this website show trends over the past 28 days.

Data is posted through September 30, 2022. We aim to compute data through the end of 2022. If you would like access to data from September 30 through December 31, 2022, please send a request

Research Results

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

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 in 2021

Basing leadership decisions on science resulted in more citizens being vaccinated and the map shows brighter colors as Covid-19 became less threatening.

First 100 days observations

Covid-19 statistics by USA political party

Covid-19 statistics per 100,000 people

January 2, 2022

Even though vaccines were effective and available in 2021, many people refused to get vaccinated, to practice social distancing, or to wear masks. Many States stopped reporting Covid-19 data consistently. The Delta variant and the Omnicron variant caused the risk of disease and death to increase. Citizens who refused to get vaccinated died at a higher rate than those who took safety precautions.

Covid-19 statistics by USA political party

Covid-19 statistics per 100,000 people

Global Covid-19 statistics

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