COVID-19 in the United States: Demographics, Economics and Health
US states with dense populations and greater income inequality are suffering more from the COVID-19 pandemic. Policy makers should factor in these differences and emphasize on equalizing income and access to health care cutting across demographics.
We explore the impact that demographic, social and economic factors can have on COVID-19 outcomes across states in the United States (US). We refer to some recent research and also use various statistical methods to assess the data, which provide insights on the relationship between COVID-19 outcomes (confirmed cases and related deaths), demographic variables (population size, race and ethnic minorities’ share in population) and economic factors (income and inequality).
While our analysis is preliminary and based on evolving data related to the pandemic, it is our view that a greater focus on health and income inequality is vital in developing resilience against such health shocks in the future. We also think that more than any single factor, a complex of factors should explain deaths related to this evolving virus.