Featured sources, October 24

  • More booster shot data from the CDC: The CDC has added more data on additional vaccine doses to its COVID-19 dashboard. Specifically, we can now analyze booster shots by state: raw numbers, share of the fully vaccinated population with a booster, and limited age data (18+, 50+, 65+). If anyone from the CDC is reading this: I would love to see some race/ethnicity data next!
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 hospitalization: A new CDC study published this week in JAMA Open Network presents analysis of data from COVID-NET, the national agency’s surveillance system for COVID-19 hospitalizations. The study, like other research on this topic, found that non-white Americans were far more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 or die from the disease in the first year of the pandemic than their white neighbors. Supplemental tables for the study include breakdowns of COVID-19 hospitalizations by different demographic groups, by underlying medical conditions, and over time.
  • The COVID States Project: In this polling project, researchers surveyed people in all 50 U.S. states to ask whether they approve of the president and of their governors. The survey is jointly run by researchers at Harvard, Northeastern, Northwestern, and Rutgers Universities. This latest report, released in October, includes executive approval data stratified by political party and vaccination status.
  • COVID-19, compared to other leading causes of death: COVID-19 was the number two cause of death in the U.S. in September 2021—after heart disease—according to this report from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report compares COVID-19 to other top causes of death in the country, including data over time and by age group.

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