It’s 2022 and It’s Not Over
We might think we are “done” with the pandemic but the pandemic is certainly not “done” with us. As the developers of the COVID-19 Impact Project, John Henry and I look at the numbers a lot. Late at night on January 22, 2022, while working on materials for the “Extracting Stories from Data” course at New York University, I noticed something peculiar… As the ticker trudged backwards from the statistics of 01/21/2022 to 01/20/2022 and then on to 01/19/2022… we ran out of space in the ticker window. The number of pixels that we use to represent each life for the two days: 01/21/22 and 01/19/22 COULD NOT ALL FIT in our ticker window.
Just about a month or so shy of the first reported CDC COVID-19 death in the United States (according to data retrieved from Johns Hopkins University), and more than 1 year since vaccines have been available to Americans, it has been one of the most grim weeks of COVID-19 deaths.
USA Deaths 01/17/2022 – 01/21/2022
The numbers below represent reported COVID-19 deaths across the country. You can explore the data further by visiting our COVID-19 Impact Dashboard.
- Friday 01/21/22: 3,567 – 35% of the worldwide deaths
- Thursday 01/20/22: 2,479 – 27% of worldwide deaths
- Wednesday 01/19/22: 3,810 – 36% of worldwide deaths
- Tuesday 01/18/22: 1,898 – 22% of worldwide deaths
- Monday 01/17/22: 1,147 – 18% of worldwide deaths
- Total: 12,901
Even considering the flaws in the data (ex underreporting by some countries) this is concerning. Reports about the”mildness” of the Omicron variant should not lull us into a feeling of complacency. There are still many daily deaths – many of them preventable. We should stay vigilant, get vaccinated and get booster shots if eligible.