Dan’s COVID Charts

Created by Dan Goodspeed
using data from New York Times and
visualization help from Flourish.

Some have asked for ways to donate to help keep the charts updated and create new ones. It takes me about an hour a day to update the eight charts. I'm not expecting much, but if you'd like, I made a few options. I also made a monthly email newsletter with chart updates exclusively for supporters. Thanks! -Dan

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Every state did an excellent job vaccinating at least 75% of their seniors in the first six months of vaccinations, causing COVID cases to plummet. But starting around June '21, the vaccination rates really started to diverge, so this chart looks at the normalized* cases per state cross-referencing their current vaccination status.

* "Normalization" (perhaps better called "smoothing") means the abnormalities in the data were evened out. For example, if there were 10 days in a row of a few cases/deaths a day and then one day of 1000... that looks awful and frenetic on a chart like this, even when framed in a per-week display. In reality, that 1000 is just a backlog catch-up, so I normalized it by spreading the thousand over previous dates for a more even / more realistic data. It works similarly when the total number of cases/deaths drops one day. Likely a correction from a previous report, I just subtracted the difference over previous dates to numbers that are probably closer to reality.