Not All U.S. States Struggled Equally Against COVID-19

Thursday, June 1, 2023
Rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test kits are seen in this illustration REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustrations
Emma S. Castro

Graduate Researcher, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Joseph L. Dieleman

Associate Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation


Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the United States with over one million deaths over three years. Yet, the burden of the virus was not spread evenly across the country. States like Vermont and Washington had death rates comparable to well-performing countries in Scandinavia, while Mississippi and Arizona fared as poorly as the worst performing nations in the world, Russia and Peru. Speakers, Emma S. Castro and Joseph L. Dieleman from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discuss the factors that contributed to those incredibly large cross-state differences in COVID-19 outcomes and the lessons learned from the parts of the United States that performed well.

This meeting was made possible by the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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