COVID-19 & Health

By February 10, 27 million Americans, or 8% of the population, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Cases spiked in the Northeast in the spring, the South in the summer, and the Midwest and West toward the end of 2020. States determined their own mitigation strategies for most of the year. ​For up-to-date data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, visit our map and daily tracker.

COVID-19 & Health

Nearly half a million Americans — 470,110 — had died from COVID-19 as of February 10. That's 0.1% of the population.

The limited data on race and ethnicity available shows that death rates for Black and Hispanic people were higher than rates for non-Hispanic white and Asian people across age groups. More than 0.5% of Black and 0.7% of Hispanic people aged 65-74 died from COVID-19, higher than the 0.2% of non-Hispanic white people in this age group who died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 & Health

As many as 35.7 million Americans had received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of February 10 — 12 million had received two doses.

That's equivalent to 11% and 4% of the population, respectively. Of the 66 million doses distributed to states, 68% had been administered. ​​For the most up-to-date data on COVID-19 vaccinations, see the USAFacts coronavirus vaccine tracker.

COVID-19 & Health

Personal healthcare spending reached $3.2 trillion in 2019, or $9,770 per capita.

Most was spent on hospitals (37%), physicians (24%), and prescription drugs (12%). The remainder was spent on other health needs like dental services and nursing care. Data for 2020 is not yet available.​

COVID-19 & Health

The percentage of uninsured Americans decreased to 8% in 2019, near the 2017 low of 7.9%.

Insurance coverage varies by race and ethnicity: 16.7% of Hispanic Americans and 9.6% of Black Americans were uninsured in 2019, higher than the national uninsured rate.

COVID-19 & Health

Preliminary data shows that 3.4 million people died in 2020, 18% more than in 2019, with the top three causes — heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19 — accounting for nearly half of deaths.

Deaths in 2020 were higher than the 2015-2019 average for all age groups except for people younger than 25.​

COVID-19 & Health

State and local governments are primarily responsible for public health, spending $96 billion on it in 2018 — excluding federal grants.

The federal government spent $60 billion that year through grants to states and its own programs. Over half of federal funding went to the National Institutes of Health, which supports medical research, and 14% went to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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